Changing Aging reports about Portland’s pioneering policy of encouraging accessory dwellings as a way to promote sustainable growth, affordability, and a housing alternative for older people wanting to either stay put or to move near their children. “Known in the policy world as ‘ADUs’ – accessory dwelling units– these small homes come in many forms, including traditional basement ‘mother-in-law suites,’ apartments atop or inside garages, and backyard cottages . . . Portland hopes that through zoning changes and fee waivers, the number of ADUs will rapidly expand.”
In Burbank, new California state laws that took effect on January 1, 2017, resulted in the recent adoption of an interim ordinance concerning ADUs. If you are interested in how this affects the legal requirements for these kinds of dwellings, you can attend a community meeting on Wednesday, May, 17 2017 at 6:00 PM in Room 104 of the Community Services Building at 150 N. Third Street in Burbank. Learn more here.