Accessory Dwelling Units

How to Improve an Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Pasadena is revising its zoning regulations to accommodate more accessory dwelling units. This open letter to the city's Planning Commission includes sound suggestions, applicable everywhere.

May 26, 2017 - UrbDeZine

North Vancouver Skips Past 'Secondary Suites,' Allows a Third 'Coach House' on Every Lot

While some cities debate secondary units and parking controversies, the city of North Vancouver is allowing three units on every single-family lot in the city—parking requirements not included.

March 7, 2017 - North Shore News

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A Portland-Brand Building Boom: Accessory Dwelling Units

It's possible that construction permits for accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats or mother-in-law units, could surpass permits for regular homes.

March 3, 2017 - Portland Tribune

Report: California Should Treat Housing Crisis like Climate Change

The California Apartment Association released a report on what it will take to solve the state's chronic housing shortage. Cities that are loath to permit new residential developments, both affordable and market rate, will not be pleased.

January 1, 2017 - Los Angeles Times

Additional Study Necessary for Seattle to Pass Accessory Dwelling Units Legislation

A recent ruling by the City Hearing Examiner is a setback—but not necessarily a permanent one—for the city's efforts to loosen regulations on accessory dwelling units.

December 19, 2016 - Seattle Met

California's New Accessory Dwelling Unit Having an Effect in Monterey

The city of Monterey has been compelled by a new state law to loosen prohibitions on accessory dwelling units after failing to so earlier in the year.

November 18, 2016 - Monterey County Weekly

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New California Law Empowers Local Governments to Plan for Climate Adaptation

State Senator Bob Wieckowski is working to help communities get the necessary tools to increase capacity for climate resilience.

November 4, 2016 - The Planning Report

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Vancouver May Fast-Track Modular Laneway Homes

The city of Vancouver has emerged as a leader in "laneway" housing: secondary units built onto existing lots, often facing an alleyway. To boost supply, the city may expedite permitting for modular units.

October 27, 2016 - Vancouver Sun


D.C.'s Comprehensive Zoning Update Takes Effect

After nine years of controversy, the District's first zoning revamp since 1958 is officially on the books.

September 14, 2016 - Washington City Paper

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State Law Paves the Way for More Granny Flats in California

The state of California stepped into to make it easier for local governments to approve permissive regulations of accessory dwelling units.

September 6, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

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L.A. City Council Chooses Legal Limbo for Accessory Dwelling Units

Faced with the task of conforming its "granny flats" ordinance with state law, the Los Angeles City Council yielded.

August 29, 2016 - Los Angeles Times

In 2016, Legal Battle Lines Are Drawn in the Back Yard

The legal, and social, challenges to building more second units in Los Angeles.

August 14, 2016 - The Washington Post - Wonkblog

Los Angeles

Twisting the Truth: The NIMBY Opposition to Second Units in L.A.

An op-ed by Daniel Freedman explains how a legal spat over an 850-square-foot "granny flat" affected hundreds of units around Los Angeles. The city's attempt to rectify the problems with its second unit ordinance has encountered more resistance.

August 8, 2016 - Daniel Freedman

San Francisco Approves Accessory Dwelling Units

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that will allow the construction of accessory dwelling units, potentially adding thousands of units to the city's housing supply.

July 28, 2016 - San Francisco Examiner

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Digging Into D.C.'s Zoning Code Changes for Accessory Dwelling Units

Washington, D.C. approved a long-awaited new zoning code in January. Greater Greater Washington digs into one of the new code's more substantive changes: more permissive regulations for accessory dwelling units.

May 11, 2016 - Greater Greater Washington

Granny Flats a Symptom of L.A.'s 'Broken' Planning Process

Building permits for Accessory Dwelling Units have been stopped by court order in Los Angeles.

May 1, 2016 - The Planning Report

Maine Communities Increasingly Allow Granny Flats

Many Maine communities have amended their zoning ordinances to allow accessory dwelling units, recognizing the benefits of this housing option.

April 19, 2016 - Maine Association of Planners Front Page

Court Ruling Deals Blows to Granny Flat Permits in Los Angeles

Granny flats, also known as mother-in-law units or accessory dwelling units, are a hot button item in most cities. A county court recently took the city of Los Angeles' finger off the button, so to speak.

April 10, 2016 - KPCC


Home Builders Creating Space for Nontraditional Households

At a building industry trade show held last week, the new trend was for houses constructed with extra space for renters or extended family. In other words, depreciation comes standard.

January 26, 2016 - The Wall Street Journal

A First Look at Washington, D.C.'s New Zoning Code

The D.C. Zoning Commission last week approved a new zoning code for the nation's capital. The new code will go into effect in September.

January 21, 2016 - WAMU

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