By building ADUs across the city, we can weave additional housing into residential neighborhoods in ways that enhance the community fabric, promote intergenerational living arrangements, and improve housing affordability. After recent changes to the District’s zoning code made it easier for property owners to build ADUs on their lots, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has led the way in promoting the production of ADUs to take advantage of these changes.
Interested in joining our growing community of homeowners and professionals working to build more accessory apartments in the District? Sign up for our DC Accessory Apartments Forum here!
Where We Are Now
In 2016, the District amended its zoning regulations to allow for greater flexibility in the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units on a variety of properties. Since then, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has convened a group of stakeholders interested in capitalizing on this change to promote new ADU construction across the city.
In October 2017, the Coalition for Smarter Growth and this new DC ADU Workgroup hosted a conference titled “Reinventing the Home: How Accessory Dwelling Units Can Be a Bigger Part of the Housing Solution for DC”. The conference brought in both local and national experts to share their perspective on the future of ADUs in DC, including topics such as design, finance, zoning/permitting, and community engagement.
In January 2018, we launched an online forum to help homeowners and professionals share resources, answer questions, and promote best practices for building ADUs in the District.
Want to be part of the solution to help bring accessory apartments to scale in the District? Or just want help learning how to build one on your property?
Sign up here to join our online DC Accessory Apartments Forum!
The forum is a great place to learn more about the design and permitting process, financing, property management, and other aspects of ADUs. It also is an opportunity to meet other people in the District interested in ADUs, or to find out about our regular events. Sign up today and become part of our growing community!
We’ve sent these email alerts to our subscribers about our work to scale up production of Accessory Dwelling Units in the District. They’re an excellent way to get up to speed on the issue quickly!
- We’re launching an accessory apartments forum! (18 Jan 2018)
- Accessory Apartments Happy Hour! (4 Jan 2018)
- Reinventing the Home: Recap (24 Oct 2017)
- Reinventing the Home: What are our Housing Solutions? (10 Oct 2017)
Here are some great resources from our October 2017 conference to find out more about national and local lessons in building Accessory Dwelling Units:
- Conference Agenda
- Opening Presentation – How ADUs Can Be a Bigger Part of DC’s Housing Solution
- Opening Presentation – Learning from Portland
- Video: Taking the First Step with Accessory Dwelling Units
- Video: All About Accessory Dwelling Units
- ADU General Typologies
- R Zone Accessory Apartments Case Studies
- DCRA ADU Guidance
- ADU Financing
- ADU Financial Calculator
- Other Conference Presentations and Resources
Top photo credited to buildinganadu.com
Second row left photo credited to intentionallysmall.com