Accessory Dwelling Units

Sheridan ADU Ordinance Outline

In response to several inquiries we received regarding Accessory Dwelling Units, the Planning and Zoning Department began discussions with Planning Commission and City Council in 2019.

Accessory Dwelling Units, or ADUs, are an additional, self-contained housing unit that is secondary to the main residence on a single-family lot. One of the key benefits of ADUs is their ability to blend into existing neighborhoods with minimal impact to the overall “look” and “feel” of established residential areas. Many cities have used ADUs to address housing shortages and affordability in areas with predominately single-family land uses without significantly changing the character of these neighborhoods. See link below for a draft city ordinance produced in February 2020.


example of an ADU in SheridanWe have already seen some ADUs emerge in Sheridan, like the one above.

For more information on ADUs, check out the ADU Presentation Update (PDF). 

Picture of ADU workshop Planning Commission reviews zoning requirements for ADUs at a study session in October 2019. 

Below are a few other past presentations from Planning Commission:

Building Codes and ADUs 9-11-19 (PDF)

ADUs and Zoning Presentation 10-2-19 (PDF)                                                                                                                    

Licensing, Incentives, and Utilities 11-6-20 (PDF)

ADU Update and Metro Mayor’s Caucus Workshop 2-5-20 (PDF)

Draft ADU Ordinance Outline Review 3-4-20 (PDF)

You can also check out our most recent Planning Commission Meeting packet to see whether new ADUs are currently being reviewed:

We would love to hear your thoughts and concerns as we continue our discussions! For questions, comments, or concerns please email our Planning and Zoning Department at