Accessory Dwelling Units

Accessory Dwelling Unit

ADU Reform Moves Forward in Seattle

A sweeping reform of Seattle's current accessory dwelling unit (ADU) rules is currently underway. Proposed legislation sets the stage for an ADU boom to potentially match Vancouver and Portland.

June 11, 2019 - The Urbanist


Zoning Changes Would Mean More Granny Flats and Fewer McMansions in Seattle

Is this a two-birds-with-one-stone situation?

May 30, 2019 - The Seattle Times

Accessory Dwelling Unit

How One Town Solved its ADU Regulation Challenges

Against opposition, the town of Durango, Colorado has successfully found a way to permit accessory dwelling units and legalize those that already existed under the radar.

May 24, 2019 - CityLab

Accessory Dwelling Unit

ADU Development Reaches 'Fever Pitch'

Accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats of mother-in-law units, are gaining popularity all over the country.

May 22, 2019 - Reuters


Accessory Dwelling Units as Mansionization Control

One benefit of more accessory dwelling units (ADUs) could be less mansionization of oversized single-family homes.

May 10, 2019 - Curbed Seattle

Twin Cities

Twin Cities ADU Construction Slow, but Expected

Easing ADU regulations has led to some new construction in the Twin Cities, but the additional units have made a small dent in the area’s affordable housing problem.

May 6, 2019 - MinnPost

Basement Apartment

Hammering Out the Details of New Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations

As Montgomery County, Maryland considers a new law to allow more development of accessory dwelling units. The devil is in the details.

March 28, 2019 - Bethesda Magazine

Accessory Dwelling Unit

What a Different Approach to ADUs Could Mean for Chicago

Architect Larry Kearns argues that re-legalizing accessory dwelling units in Chicago could do a lot to promote affordable housing and economic diversity.

March 13, 2019 - Chicago Cityscape

Tacoma Washington

Accessory Dwelling Units Find Public Support in Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington, a city of over 200,000 residents in the Pacific Northwest, is making room for more.

March 6, 2019 - The Urbanist

Basement Apartment

ADU Results Fall Short of Intentions in D.C. Region

Accessory dwelling unit regulations vary but results are consistently underwhelming in the D.C. region.

February 26, 2019 - Greater Greater Washington

Single-Family Neighborhood

Accessory Dwelling Unit Legislation Proposed in Washington Sets a New Standard

If it approves HB 1797, Washington will pace the rest of the nation (even California and Oregon) on reforming zoning to allow more accessory dwelling units.

January 31, 2019 - Sightline Institute

Accessory Dwelling Unit

ADU Construction Still Difficult in California

Accessory dwelling units should be easier to build in California, but the process is still slow and complicated in many cities, say housing advocates.

January 22, 2019 - The Mercury News

Philadelphia Rowhouses

Philadelphia Unlikely to Follow Minneapolis' Lead in Zoning Reform

Minneapolis is setting a bold example by ending single-family zoning, but chances are a similar change won’t be coming to Philadelphia.

January 9, 2019 - PlanPhilly


Legislation Would Loosen Zoning for TOD and ADUs, Require Housing Plans From Cities in Utah

State preemption, in the form major zoning reforms and mandates for local housing targets, are on the table in the Utah Legislature this year.

January 3, 2019 - The Salt Lake Tribune

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Coach House: Legalize It?

Advocates in the city of Chicago are pushing to legalize Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which currently can only be rented if grandfathered in.

December 27, 2018 - Chicago Magazine

Atlanta Street

Zoning Changes May Be Coming to Atlanta

The city is considering zoning updates, including legalization of accessory dwelling units and smaller apartment buildings, which would increase density and provide more housing.

December 26, 2018 - SaportaReport


Suburbs Encouraging Accessory Dwelling Units

Renton, a suburb of Seattle dealing with skyrocketing housing prices like many of the communities in the region, is allowing new density in residential neighborhoods in the form of backyard cottages.

December 8, 2018 - Crosscut

Wood Construction

Airbnb Getting Into the Housing Business

Correction: Airbnb is diversifying its housing business.

December 4, 2018 - Fast Company

Residential Development

Citing Lack of ADU Development, Ann Arbor to Refine its ADU Ordinance

After legalizing accessory dwelling units in 2016, the city of Ann Arbor hasn't added many accessory dwelling units. Some regulations designed to limit the number of ADUs developed have made the building type impossibly cost prohibitive.

November 13, 2018 - MLive

Accessory Dwelling Unit

Granny Flats Take on the Los Angeles Homelessness Crisis

A program financed by Bloomberg Philanthropies will pay homeowners to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and rent them to the recently homeless.

November 9, 2018 - The New York Times

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