Building Industry, Affordable Housing Council Support Bills for Tiny Homes

 Tracie Clabaugh Quoted in the Frederick News Post


Representatives from the housing industry in Frederick expressed support this week for two bills that encourage the construction of accessory dwellings such as tiny homes and in-law suites.

One bill would allow administrative approval of the regulatory requirements for construction of accessory dwelling units that are less than 800 square feet.

Accessory dwelling units of more than 800 square feet require Board of Zoning Appeals approval, according to the bill.

The second bill would exempt accessory dwelling units of 800 square feet or less from payment of public school development impact fees. Impact fees for single-family detached houses and town houses and duplexes are roughly $15,500. Impact fees for other residences, such as apartments and condos, are $6,676.

Both bills received strong support from the Frederick County Building Industry Association and the Affordable Housing Council at a public hearing before the County Council on Tuesday evening.

“[The bill] allows the private sector to create affordable housing without raising taxes or fees and with very little government oversight,” said Tracie Clabaugh, reading a letter from Mark Lancaster, president of the Frederick County Building Industry Association. “Important to recognize the need for smaller, more affordable housing stock for Frederick County.”

The county’s aging population is growing and most senior citizens live on fixed incomes with few opportunities for increased earnings, Lancaster’s letter said. The smaller dwellings allow them to live near family, promoting multi-generational housing and potentially saving them the expense of a nursing home, the letter added.

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Tracie Clabaugh assists real estate developers, homebuilders, lenders and homeowners with a wide variety of real estate transactions and land use and zoning matters.

Tracie prepares, reviews and negotiates various types of commercial and residential real estate contracts and leases. She also drafts documents related to homeowner associations, disclosure documents for builders and developers, corporate documents for homeowner associations, deeds, deeds of trust, promissory notes, commercial contracts of sale, forbearance agreements and other real estate related agreements and instruments. She reviews title work and provides title opinions, reviews improvement plans, engineering plans, detailed site plans and surveys for real estate transactions, performs due diligence and manages community reviews for builders and developers. This work includes, but is not limited to, updating homeowner association disclosures, preparing necessary easement agreements and working with municipalities and County governmental entities in order to obtain the required subdivision approvals.




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