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DARIEN — In the latest bid to maintain local control in zoning matters, town officials said they plan to opt out of a state policy that legalizes all so-called “granny apartments” or secondary residences built onto single-family homes to boost housing stock.
The state passed legislation in 2021 that broadly gives towns permission to construct accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, which are housing units that can be built as an add-on to a property that is zoned for a single family. Housing advocates have celebrated the move as one potential solution to the state’s housing crisis.