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A Look at Milwaukee’s Proposed Zoning Reform

The proposed changes would permit more flexible housing development while limiting changes in historic neighborhoods and on smaller streets.

May 10, 2024 - Urban Milwaukee

SMall backyard cottage ADU in San Diego, California.

How ADUs Can Help Ease the Affordable Housing Crisis

Local policies and programs can encourage homeowner participation and increase the number of ADUs available as low-cost rentals.

May 3, 2024 - Brookings

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New York Passes Housing Package Focused on New Development and Adaptive Reuse

The FY 2025 budget includes a new tax incentive, funding for affordable housing on state land, and support for adaptive reuse and ADUs.

April 23, 2024 - Governor Kathy Hochul

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A Survey of Texas Zoning Reform

Zoning changes at the local and state levels are making it easier and faster to build housing.

February 6, 2024 - The Dallas Morning News

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Proposed Legislation Targets Arizona Housing Crisis

A series of state bills address barriers to housing production including parking minimums and ADUs.

February 5, 2024 - Axios Phoenix

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Colorado Lawmakers Renew Zoning Reform Efforts

The state legislature will consider a package of land use laws aimed at increasing the housing supply and reducing housing costs.

January 11, 2024 - Greeley Tribune

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Montana Judge Blocks Zoning Reforms

The decision reverses new laws once dubbed the ‘Montana Miracle.’

January 3, 2024 - Reason

SMall backyard cottage ADU in San Diego, California.

San Diegans at Odds Over ‘Granny Towers’

A provision in the city’s ADU ordinance allows developers to build an essentially unlimited number of units on single-family lots.

November 29, 2023 - CALmatters

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Durham Eliminates Parking Requirements

Another domino has fallen in the parking reform movement.

November 27, 2023 - The News & Observer

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Federal Court Dismisses Huntington Beach Housing Lawsuit

A federal judge on November 13 dismissed a lawsuit the Orange County city filed against the state and the Southern California Association of Governments in March in an attempt to exempt itself from state housing laws.

November 26, 2023 - Courthouse News Service

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A Look at Milwaukee’s Zoning Reform Proposal

The ‘Growing MKE’ plan calls for allowing ADUs, reducing barriers to new construction, and expanding the types of housing available in the city’s residential areas.

November 8, 2023 - Urban Milwaukee

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Reno Revisits Zoning Reform

After roundly rejecting a proposal to legalize granny flats in 2018, the city council is revising it and other zoning reform proposals that could increase the city’s affordable housing supply.

November 3, 2023 - Fox Reno

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Salem, Oregon Offers Pre-Approved ADU Plans

The city hopes the free plans will streamline the permitting process for homeowners and help spur more housing construction.

October 25, 2023 - KOIN6

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Federal Rule Change Lets Banks Include ADU Income in Mortgage Decisions

A policy change from the Federal Housing Administration is designed to spur more rental housing construction and bring homeownership within reach of more U.S. households.

October 17, 2023 - MReport

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Creating Affordable Housing is a Priority for ADU Owners

How accessory dwelling units can benefit homeowners and renters alike.

October 12, 2023 - Jessica Brown

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Opinion: ADUs Are Not the Solution to the Housing Crisis

One writer argues that backyard homes can hinder community-building and relegate some residents to the shadows.

October 9, 2023 - Next City

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Will New York ‘City of Yes’ Proposal Make an Impact?

Some housing experts say the rezoning plan is not nearly ambitious enough to make a dent in the city’s housing crisis.

October 9, 2023 - Bloomberg CityLab

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Austin Could Legalize Tiny Homes, RVs as ADUs

Expanding the types of homes eligible as accessory dwelling units could help more homeowners afford the construction costs.

September 18, 2023 - Austin Monitor

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ADU Permits Spike in Sacramento County

Backyard cottages, known as accessory dwelling units, are touted as one solution to the rising cost of housing.

September 14, 2023 - KCRA

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Phoenix Approves ADUs

The city hopes backyard ‘casitas’ can help alleviate the housing crisis.

September 11, 2023 - The Center Square

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