SAVANNAH, Ga. (WSAV) — City of Savannah officials say right now, there isn’t enough affordable housing to meet the demand.

To help open the door to more properties, the city is looking at expanding access to accessory dwelling units, typically known as carriage houses or in-law units.

These properties must have a bedroom, bathroom and living room.

“That will be able to provide more housing within our community, which is something that’s desperately needed,” said Bridget Lidy, Director of Urban Planning & Design with the City of Savannah. “Based on just going out and trying to find a place to live, either buying a home or renting a home, as well as what was put in the affordable housing report that was generated last year and approved by mayor and council.”

According to city officials, accessory dwelling units were restricted for use in much of Savannah until 2019, when the city revised its zoning ordinance, opening it up to 10 districts.

Now officials are asking for the community’s feedback as they discuss expanding the rules even more to cover a greater area.

“People are very supportive of wanting to do this. I think the main issue is going to be being able to balance the question of additional density in some of these residential districts,” Lidy said. “And I think that might be where we get some of the pushback from. So we encourage individuals if they are concerned or if they have feedback to please participate in this process.”

Other cities, including Charleston, are taking a similar approach. If the proposal passes, Lidy said rent will be market-driven and dependent on the property’s location and how much the owner wants to charge.

Officials hope a proposal can go to city council by the end of the summer, with a hopeful vote in the fall. The city is hosting a series of meetings with alderpeople to get feedback from the community.

Listed below are the meeting times for each district.

Alderwoman Bernetta Lanier, District 1

Wednesday, April 20, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Alderman Detric Leggett, District 2

Wednesday, May 11, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 3

Monday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Alderman Nick Palumbo, District 4

Tuesday, May 3, 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church, Social Hall

520 Washington Ave.

Alderwoman Estella Shabazz, District 5

Wednesday, May 4, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6

Wednesday, April 27, 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Windsor Forest Community Center, Multipurpose Room

308 Briarcliff Circle