According to the Washington Post, Granny pods may soon be cropping up in back yards across Virginia thanks to a new state law. Granny pods, you say? Yes. Well, the official name is “MEDcottages”. They’re shed-sized buildings designed to house and simplify care for relatives that are physically or mentally impaired. The cottages can only be installed on single-family properties, and the impairment must be certified by a physician.<!–break–>
State legislation has put the regulation of the structures largely outside the purview of local zoning boards. MEDcottages must conform to the local laws governing sheds or garages, but they are essentially free-standing, temporary homes. The cottage must be removed within thirty days of the patient’s death, recovery, or relocation.
Read more in The Washington Post….