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Posted on: January 15, 2019

Is a Backyard Cottage a Fit for Your Property?

Backyard Cottages are smaller in size than the main home.

You may have thought about building additional living space on your property to host family and guests or to serve other needs.

Some Plano residents have tried to do this by building a second, smaller living space in their backyard. We call these structures Backyard Cottages. Under the current zoning regulations, only 141 Plano properties can accommodate this housing style. If the City allows more homeowners to have Backyard Cottages, benefits would include:

  • additional housing options for seniors and others in need
  • independence for a dependent adult family member
  • improved use of property and living space

In response to homeowner requests, the Planning & Zoning Commission is reviewing city zoning regulations that apply to this housing style. This process began with a work session to discuss potential design standards. If the Commission elects to move forward, a public hearing will be held on a future date to consider zoning updates.

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