At a meeting Monday night, Traverse City Commissioners voted to approve accessory dwelling units also known as granny flats for the north area of the Traverse Heights Neighborhood.
The granny flats are small homes built on a lot with an existing house. These homes can then be rented out, providing low cost housing for low income families and additional income for the homeowners.
Traverse City Mayor Michael Estes says, "We're just saying this is a great neighborhood to test it in. If it works we expand it in that neighborhood. If it doesn't that's the end. I really believe it will work, we're going to see it expand in some neighboring areas, some are very accommodating."
Only five granny flat units will be allowed and must be approved by city staff just like any building permit. The permits go into effect on April 25th.