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New ordinance supports tiny home construction

RAPID CITY, S.D.  – The Rapid City Council has approved an ordinance to make more tiny homes to help the local housing market.

The Rapid City Council agreed at its regular meeting Monday, November 18, 2019 to an ordinance that will create more opportunities to create accessory dwelling units (ADUs) in residential districts.

ADUs are small housing units like a little house or even a basement apartment that could help provide more affordable housing in the city.

The ordinance says ADUs can only be rented out for a minimum period of 28 days to help seasonal workers, college student and other single-families have affordable homes.

But Mike Derby, who works in the hospitality industry, expressed his concern that people may get around the limit and make them Airbnb homes instead.

Existing ADUs need to register in the next two years with the Community Development Department to be recognized as legal property.

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