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Albany Council must re-vote after certain steps skipped

November 13, 2018

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — The Albany City Council must again take up an ordinance aimed at easing restrictions on accessory dwelling units after a vote last week was found to be invalid.

The Council passed the measure Nov. 7 on a 4-2 vote. Mayor Sharon Konopa vetoed it.

The Democrat Herald reports that the vote and veto were not valid because required procedural steps weren’t taken. The ordinance is now scheduled for a first reading at a Dec. 5 meeting.

The council is deciding whether to ease restrictions on accessory dwelling units, known as ADUS — smaller, detached homes on the same property of a main dwelling.

The council is considering code changes such as allowing larger units and removing a requirement that an owner live on the property.

The mayor vetoed an ordinance on the same issue in July.

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