ORAL TESTIMONY TO THE COUNTY COUNCIL OF ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY, MARYLAND
BILL 6-23: An Ordinance concerning Subdivision and Development – Zoning - Accessory Dwelling Units
BY: Abby Root, League of Women Voters Anne Arundel County
Date: February 21, 2023
Good evening. My name is Abby Root, 1336 Chicory Way, Odenton, representing the League of Women Voters of Anne Arundel County.
The League supports Bill 6-23.
This bill would make it easier for property owners to have Accessory Dwelling Units on their property.
In 1992 the League adopted an Affordable Housing position which supports: “meeting the housing and human services needs of special populations and increasing housing opportunities for people of low or moderate income.” In 2021, we reaffirmed that position with additional research.
ADUs are one way to meet the challenge of the rising costs of housing throughout the county.
- They can be more affordable for low- and moderately low-income residents.
- They can decrease isolation and depression in older adults and disabled persons by allowing them to remain in their community, close to family and friends.
- ADUs also can be a housing solution to empty nesters or young adults just entering the
- They would provide new housing options while maintaining the character of the community.
The League urges the Council to vote in favor of Bill 6-23. Thank you.