Cincinnati First City in Ohio to Legalize Accessory Dwelling Units

The Queen City achieved an historic day for planning in the state of Ohio.

1 minute read

June 28, 2023, 8:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell

Holy Cross Immaculata Church sits atop Mt Adams in Cincinnati, as seen from across the Ohio River in Kentucky.

Anne Kitzman / Shutterstock

Cincinnati is the first city in Ohio to legalize Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) after the City Council adopted a new ordinance after a year of work of staff work and dozens of public hearings. A Tweet by Cincinnati Councilmember Mark Jeffreys, who introduced the city’s new ADU law, announced the full council’s approval of the ordinance earlier this week.

Becca Costello wrote an article explaining the details of ADUs after the ordinance passed out of committee a few days earlier in June. The article includes a soundbite from Councilmember Jeffreys explaining that ADUs will help the city relax its housing shortage and help with agining in place.

According to Costello, the new ordinance includes own-occupancy limits and qualifies for the city's recently approved tax abatement program. “The proposal is one of the first steps in land-use reform that the mayor's office and Council have been discussing since taking office over a year ago,” writes Costello.

Another article by Chris Wetterich [paywall] provided additional explanation for the law just before the full council vote.

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 in WVXU

Portland Bus Lane

‘Forward Together’ Bus System Redesign Rolling Out in Portland

Portland is redesigning its bus system to respond to the changing patterns of the post-pandemic world—with twin goals of increasing ridership and improving equity.

August 30, 2023 - Mass Transit

An aerial view of Milwaukee’s Third Ward.

Plan to Potentially Remove Downtown Milwaukee’s Interstate Faces Public Scrutiny

The public is weighing in on a suite of options for repairing, replacing, or removing Interstate 794 in downtown Milwaukee.

August 27, 2023 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Conceptual rendering of Rikers Island redevelopment as renewable energy facility

Can New York City Go Green Without Renewable Rikers?

New York City’s bold proposal to close the jail on Rikers Island and replace it with green infrastructure is in jeopardy. Will this compromise the city’s ambitious climate goals?

August 24, 2023 - Mark McNulty

A rendering of the Utah City master planned, mixed-use development.

700-Acre Master-Planned Community Planned in Utah

A massive development plan is taking shape for lakefront property in Vineyard, Utah—on the site of a former U.S. Steel Geneva Works facility.

August 31 - Daily Herald

A line of cars wait at the drive-thru window of a starbucks.

More Cities Ponder the End of Drive-Thrus

Drive-thru fast food restaurants might be a staple of American life, but several U.S. cities are actively considering prohibiting the development of new drive-thrus for the benefit of traffic safety, air quality, and congestion.

August 31 - The Denver Post

Air pollution is visible in the air around high-rise buildings in Dhaka, Bangladesh.

Air Pollution World’s Worst Public Health Threat, Report Says

Air pollution is more likely to take years life off the lifespan of the average human than any other external factor, according to a recent report out of the University of Chicago.

August 31 -