A Caretaker Dwelling Unit (CDU) is a separate dwelling unit that is accessory to a principal dwelling or other principal use on the same property. A CDU is deed restricted to occupancy by qualified residents, as defined in the Aspen/Pitkin County Housing Authority Guidelines, or occupancy by immediate family, defined as “a person related by blood or marriage who is a first cousin (or closer relative) and his or her children.”
CDU must be listed as an allowed or special review use in the zone district. Refer to Sec. 4-20 Table 4-1.
CDU restrictions are found in Sec. 4-30-50(e) and 6-30-40(c). Restrictions include, but are not limited to:
Maximum of 700 (lots or parcels < 30,000 sq. ft.) or 1,000 (lots or parcels > 30,000 sq. ft.) net livable square feet
The floor area of a CDU is included in the total allowed floor area for the lot or parcel.
A CDU is not required to be rented, but if rented, it must be for a term of not less than 6 months.