SANTA FE — In a packed City Council chamber Thursday night, the city’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval of amendments to a land use ordinance addressing accessory dwelling units — like casitas and guest houses — that would allow property owners to rent out two units on a single-family residential lot and not have to live on the property themselves.
But the motion by Commissioner Pilar Faulkner also recommended to the City Council that a closer look be taken into the parts of the ordinance that address parking and that more consideration be given to how the ordinance will be enforced.
The vote came after nearly 40 people spoke during the public comment period, the first of whom was Jamie Durfee, who lives in a casita on a house lot in the South Capital neighborhood with an absentee property owner, in violation of the current ordinance. Now, she faces eviction by the city.
The proposed changes would allow property owners to rent out both a main home and an accessory dwelling without having to live on the home lot themselves, creating two rental units on property zoned single-family.