ADUs in the San Francisco Bay Area
You'll learn about:
How ADUs have transitioned from informal additions by individual property owners to effective local housing strategies
San Francisco Bay Area success stories (and challenges) of adopting ADU programs, and the role of state legislature in embracing this housing strategy
Different approaches to overcoming common concerns with ADUs and outstanding challenges Cities face to adopt these programs.
Accessory Dwelling Units—commonly known as “in-law units,” “granny flats,” or “backyard cottages”—are units added to existing residential buildings, often single-family homes. Once an informal approach property owners took to address the demand for housing after World War II, local jurisdictions have increasingly adopted ADUs into their local housing strategies in recent years. Suburban communities or single-family neighborhoods in major cities have historically rejected ADUs with many concerns. However, the looming housing crisis in major metropolitan areas, and especially in the San Francisco Bay area, has convinced even the most resistant communities to embrace ADUs as one solution to the ever-increasing housing demand.
Oakland and Berkeley have both recently provided flexibility in their ADU regulation, specifically around parking controls. In San Francisco, the recently established program imposes certain restrictions which guaranteed success in removing the political barriers against ADUs. In each jurisdiction, decision makers shaped the ADU programs differently to overcome unique controversies around ADUs. A new wave of property owners is approaching architects and contractors to build these units, and each city is employing a combination of marketing campaigns, flexible controls, and fee reductions to incentivize owners.
Examine the successes and challenges of these local programs, the intersection of these plans, strategies to expand to other jurisdictions, and ways to incentivize property owners.
, Univ of California
Confirmed SpeakerKaren Chapple, Ph.D., is a Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley. Chapple studies the planning, development, and governance of regions in the U.S. and Latin America. She has most recently published on regional economic resilience (in the Cambridge Journal of Regions, Economy, and Society), innovation in the green economy (in Economic Development Quarterly), and the failure of poverty dispersal policies (in Housing Policy Debate). Her recent book (Routledge, 2014) is entitled Planning Sustainable Cities and Regions: Towards More Equitable Development. In her capacity as faculty director of the UC Berkeley Center for Community Innovation, she has led research on the potential for gentrification and displacement near transit-oriented development (for the Association of Bay Area Governments); more effective planning for affordable housing and economic development near transit (for the Great Communities Collaborative); the relationship between the arts, commercial and residential revitalization in low-income neighborhoods; and the role of the green economy and industrial land in the California economy. Most recently, she has led a national contest sponsored by the Annie E. Casey Foundation to generate ideas for local and state job creation targeting disadvantaged communities. Chapple has also worked on regional and local economic development research projects in Mexico, Spain, Thailand, Israel, Brazil, Peru, Argentina, and Guatemala. Chapple holds a B.A. in Urban Studies from Columbia University, an M.S.C.R.P from the Pratt Institute, and a Ph.D. from UC Berkeley. She has served on the faculties of the University of Minnesota and the University of Pennsylvania, in addition to UC Berkeley. From 2006-2009, she held the Theodore Bo and Doris Shoong Lee Chair in Environmental Design. She is a founding member of the MacArthur Foundation's Research Network on Building Resilient Regions. Prior to academia, Chapple spent ten years as a practicing planner in economic development, land use, and transportation in New York and San Francisco.
, OpenScope Studio
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerMark Hogan AIA is an architect and Principal at OpenScope Studio in San Francisco. Mark's main professional interests are high density infill housing and sustainable urban design. He worked with the San Francisco Planning Department to produce the ADU Handbook, and his firm is currently designing the master plan for a six acre housing development that includes an urban farm. Prior to joining OpenScope, Mark was an Associate at David Baker & Partners and worked at SOM's London office.
, City of San Francisco Planning
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerKimia Haddadan, Policy Planner, San Francisco Planning Department has over five years of experience in planning and policy, focusing on housing policies and affordable housing strategies in San Francisco as well as in Tehran. She lead analysis on many housing related legislation in San Francisco including the two recent pieces focused on accessory dwelling units. Kimia also has expertise in infrastructure planning as well as planning for public spaces.
, San Francisco
Confirmed SpeakerKate Conner is the Housing Implementation Manager at the San Francisco Planning Department. She has been with the City for the past 11 years and works on implementing housing legislation and manages the permit processing for the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) and Legalization of Illegal Dwelling Unit programs. She has overseen the review of over 125 permits to construct over 225 ADU’s and 355 permits to legalize illegal units. Kate is also responsible for implementing the City’s Inclusionary Housing Program for the Planning Department and has experience working on a variety of projects including large scale 100+ unit development projects.
, City of Oakland
Confirmed SpeakerEdward Manasse has over 20 years professional experience in urban planning and design. Currently, Ed is the Strategic Planning Manager for the City of Oakland Bureau of Planning where his tasks include supervising the long-range planning division for the city, writing zoning amendments, updating the general plan, and managing specific and area planning efforts. Mr. Manasse’s experience includes serving as the Associate Planner for the Town of Corte Madera, California and the City of SeaTac, Washington; working as an urban designer for Ken Kay Associates, and as a landscape designer for Anthony Guzzardo and Associates. Ed has a Master of Urban Planning and a Bachelor of Landscape Architecture.