Accessory Dwelling Units: Affordable Housing Hiding in Plain Sight
Thursday, March 16, 2017
1:15 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. MDT
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Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as carriage houses or granny flats, present a big challenge for planners and local government officials—but also an opportunity. Lifting certain excessive restrictions can instantly create affordable housing at infill locations. Changing housing preferences and lifestyles are increasing demand for these typically smaller and more flexible housing arrangements. This session will explore recent strategies and innovations to create a fresh approach to ADUs in communities throughout the Intermountain West and beyond.
After a brief introduction by the moderator, we'll turn first to Planning Manager Scott Shine to learn about Durango's extraordinary experience in overhauling ADU processes and ordinances. Then we will hear from Kathleen McCormick, author of a Land Lines article on gentle infill, which looks at the efforts of several city’s on using infuill for affordable housing, including ADUs, for a national survey on code and other reforms; and then finally from Jesse Adkins, architect at Shears Adkins Rockmore, who has been working on closing the housing gap in Denver, including a focus on ADUs. https://www.lincolninst.edu/pubs/3687_Gentle-Infill
· Learn about a number of cities' efforts to revise and reform accessory dwelling unit (ADU) ordinances, codes, and guidelines
· Understand the role of ADUs in expanding the stock of affordable housing in communities
· Engage in a dialogue about the public process in best practices for allowing ADUs in existing neighborhoods and managing their impacts.
Lisa Loranger, email@example.com