In November, Sightline housing researcher Margaret Morales spoke on a panel at the Build Small Live Large Summit in Portland. Her presentation focused on eliminating policy barriers to building backyard cottages and mother-in-law units in Cascadia.
State and local regulations restrict the development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs), ultimately impeding the development of a housing solution that helps affordability and growth-management issues. In the video below, panelists discuss land-use regulations, fees, and permitting standards that restrict ADU development, and share politically viable solutions to knock down these barriers. (Margaret’s remarks begin at the 2:35 mark.)
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Panelists include: Margaret Morales, Sightline Institute; Madeline Kovacs, Portland for Everyone; Eli Spevak, Orange Splot, LLC; and Harriet Tregoning, Former Office of Community Planning and Development, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Check out our research on ADUs and tiny homes below:
- Why Vancouver Trounces the Rest of Cascadia in Building ADUs. And how Portland and Seattle could play some serious catch-up.
- ADUs and Don’ts. The gauntlet of rules that in-law and cottage units must run.
- Legalizing the Tiny House. Bringing rogue housing in from the cold.
- Seattle’s Single-Family Neighborhoods Already Include Thousands of Duplexes. New map reveals nearly 10,000 ‘plex and ADU homes in the city’s most coveted, contentious, and opportunity-rich areas.
- Returning Seattle to Its Roots in Diverse Housing Types. Multi-family historic housing exceptions provide homes in opportunity-rich neighborhoods for more than 12,000 Seattleites today.
- Not in YOUR Backyard: Cottages, In-law Apartments, and the Predatory Delay of HALA’s ADU Rules. Abuse of a 1971 environmental law is displacing hundreds of low-income families from Seattle this year.