By Raven L. Hill

Despite protests from some community groups, the Baltimore County Council is scheduled to vote Monday on an ordinance that would offer guidelines for add-on apartments which frequently serve as temporary, separate living quarters for relatives.

The issue arose, in part, over a Cockeysville couple’s decision to convert their garage into an apartment for their adult son. A growing number of residents are using such spaces, known as “in-law apartments,” to care for elderly or disabled relatives.

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