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March 5, 2013

Hearing set on 'granny flats'

Granny flats back on public agenda

TRAVERSE CITY — The long-debated granny flats, or accessory dwelling units, could finally slip inside Traverse City’s door.

The city planning commission will hold a public hearing on allowing homeowners in the Traverse Heights neighborhood to convert garages or parts of their homes into apartments when commissioners meet today at 7 p.m. in the Governmental Center.

City planners previously recommended the units be allowed city-wide with certain conditions, but the city commission rebuffed the idea in 2007 amid traffic, parking and privacy concerns raised by residents in some neighborhoods.

Planners began talking to residents in Traverse Heights and Kids Creek about allowing the accessory apartments in September 2012, but dropped Kids Creek due to lack of interest. The proposed ordinance would allow the city to issue up to five permits a year for the single neighborhood.

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