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From the second-floor window of the square-foot cottage, Besenfelder points out neighbors who also have second, small homes on their lots. Six years ago, Mount Pleasant allowed residents in many parts of town to build a second, smaller home on their property.
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Recommendations to the full council for potential changes in regulations could follow the committee meeting. Allowing two homes on properties that used to have one increases the density — more buildings and people on the same amount of land — and higher density is something the Save Shem Creek group has been protesting.
Standalone accessory dwellings often are built in backyards. They are limited to square feet of air conditioned space in Mount Pleasant, about twice the size of a two-car garage. They can, and often do, have two stories.
Like new urbanism, which draws upon midth century neighborhoods with sidewalks and small lots, accessory dwelling units are a revival of an old idea. Mount Pleasant has few historic accessory dwellings because most homes in the town were built after Beyond the greater Charleston area, accessory dwellings have been embraced by urban planners, and many cities have decided to allow them.
Mount Pleasant allows ADUs throughout the town, except where prohibited by subdivision restrictions.
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The first one was permitted in and there are now about in the town. They ed for roughly 2 percent of the 5, new dwellings Mount Pleasant permitted from through Supporters say ADUs help with home affordability — both by creating small and presumably more affordable homes, and by providing rental income for the owner of the primary house.
Some, including realtor organizations, see them as a property-rights issue, and Mayor Linda said she fully supports ADUs. The community concerns led to a compromise, allowing accessory dwellings above garages in the subdivision, but not additional free-standing homes.
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