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Old 06-12-2022, 04:19 PM
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Hello residents of Staunton!

I am wondering if the city of Staunton allows Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)? You know like granny cottages/backyard cottages? I am not finding much on the real estate market that meets what I am looking for and have recently started thinking about building a house. To help offset the cost is Staunton allowed ADU's that might make up my mind. I could have the ADU for friends visiting, then when I get older and the bigger house is too much to manage, I could move into the ADU in the backyard and rent out the main home. So just curious....

On another note, wondering if anyone in Staunton has solar panels? Before someone says Staunton has seasons and is not as hot and sunny as other southern states, that is not a deterrent to solar. In Europe Germany has more solar than Spain, and I live in the Pacific Northwest which outsiders consider overcast and rainy, but many people added solar panels as the sun in summer and Indian fall in enough to store up energy for the overcast winter months.....

Thanks for any info you have.
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Old 06-13-2022, 08:56 AM
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I don't know about ADU's but to answer your solar question, Yes. Solar is growing in the area. There is a large solar company just South of Staunton called Sigora Solar. Also, Dominion Energy has a solar program for residents/homeowners where they help with the initial cost then you can sell back electricity.
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Old 07-04-2022, 01:20 PM
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Because I raised the question on this page, I thought I would let others know I found out the answer about ADU's by talking to the planning office in Staunton. If you live in a high residential area within town you can have an ADU though you need to comply with general zoning laws about setbacks etc. I found it interesting that there is no minimum size requirement to build a house, which is good as ADU's are not meant to be large.

Even if you live in one of the areas not considering high density/ok to have an ADU there is an exception if you live in the ADU and your caregiver lives in your main house. At least that's what I think the person in the planning office was saying.
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Old 07-04-2022, 01:22 PM
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I am glad to hear solar is growing in the area, though I found out in my research you only get a federal tax credit/grant towards the cost, currently there is no state program. I would think/hope being so close to the seat of government in DC that Virginia might eventually get a state program, which added to the federal program would make the cost more doable for people who want to protect against climate change while reducing their own personal energy costs....
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