MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis City Council discussed the possibility of allowing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in residential areas on Friday.

ADUs, sometimes referred to as “granny flats” or “mother-in-law apartments,” are smaller dwellings that are connected to existing homes or situated on the same grounds.

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Only three Minneapolis neighborhoods are currently allowed to have ADUs: Phillips West, East Phillips and Ventura Village.

Council Member Lisa Bender, who chairs the city’s Zoning and Planning Committee, submitted the notice of intent to introduce the change to city ordinance.

“Allowing accessory dwelling units will create more housing options for people in Minneapolis at all stages of life, allowing families the option of multi-generational living or providing a new source of income,” Bender said.

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Mayor Betsy Hodges is on board with the push for ADUs.

“As our city’s population grows, our neighborhoods are in high demand and allowing accessory dwellings is a great way to provide more housing choices to more people,” Hodges said.

The Community Planning and Economic Development Department will hold two open houses before the ADU proposal can begin the council’s approval process. The first will take place Aug. 12 from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the North Regional Library, and the second will be on Aug. 23 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Hosmer Library.

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ADUs are allowed in many major U.S. cities, including Seattle, Wash., Portland, Ore. and Austin, Texas.