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Cottage Housing Ordinance

Cottage Housing

Cottage housing developments are a group of small homes oriented around an open space that are pedestrian-oriented and minimize the visibility of off-street parking by providing a consolidated parking area. Cottage housing is considered an innovative housing type that provides opportunities for creative, diverse, and high quality infill development that preserves the scale and character of existing single-family neighborhoods. Cottage housing offers a choice for those needing moderately priced home ownership opportunities within units that are of a size and function suitable for a single person or small families. Cottage housing is generally considered more affordable because of substantially smaller unit and lot sizes.
4 unit cottage example
12 unit cottage

Final Approved Ordinance

The City of Ashland City Council approved and held a public hearing on November 7, 2017 and adopted the ordinance on November 21, 2017.  The approved ordinance goes into effect on December 20, 2017. 

Cottage Housing Ordinance (ORD #3147)


The City of Ashland Planning Commission reviewed and refined multiple iterations of the draft cottage housing ordinance during six meetings during 2016 and 2017, and held a public hearing on the final draft on September 26, 2017. The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the ordinance. 

The City Council reviewed and approved the ordinance following a public hearing on November 7, 2017 and final adoption took place on November 21, 2017.

The Cottage Housing Ordinance includes the following general provisions:

  • Cottage Housing Development would be permitted on R-1-5, R-1-7.5, and NN-1-5, NM-R-1-5, and NM-R-1-7.5  zoned properties.
  • A minimum of 3 cottage housing units and a maximum of 12 would be permitted in a cottage housing development.
  • Cottages shall be no larger than 1000sq.ft. and at least 75% of the cottages shall be less than 800sq.ft.
  • A maximum building height of  a cottage would be 18 with a ridge line no greater than 25 tall.
  • There is a 20% common open space requirement  in cottage housing developments
  • To address the issue of preserving solar access on a site of concentrated small detached homes, the draft ordinance stipulates that shadows cast from structures within the development could not cast shadows upon the roof of another cottage so that they could have solar collection systems.
  • The parking requirements include an alternative parking standard specific to cottage housing developments as follows:
    • Units less than 800 sq. ft. - 1 space/unit.
    • Units greater than 800 square feet and less than 1000 square feet -1.5 spaces/unit.
    • Units greater than 1000 square feet - 2.00 spaces/unit.
    • Retirement complexes for seniors 55-years or greater - One space per unit.

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