May 26, 2017, 10am PDT
Pasadena is revising its zoning regulations to accommodate more accessory dwelling units. This open letter to the city's Planning Commission includes sound suggestions, applicable everywhere.
March 7, 2017, 12pm PST
While some cities debate secondary units and parking controversies, the city of North Vancouver is allowing three units on every single-family lot in the city—parking requirements not included.
March 3, 2017, 2pm PST
It's possible that construction permits for accessory dwelling units, also known as granny flats or mother-in-law units, could surpass permits for regular homes.
January 1, 2017, 11am PST
The California Apartment Association released a report on what it will take to solve the state's chronic housing shortage. Cities that are loath to permit new residential developments, both affordable and market rate, will not be pleased.
December 19, 2016, 11am PST
A recent ruling by the City Hearing Examiner is a setback—but not necessarily a permanent one—for the city's efforts to loosen regulations on accessory dwelling units.
November 18, 2016, 2pm PST
The city of Monterey has been compelled by a new state law to loosen prohibitions on accessory dwelling units after failing to so earlier in the year.
November 4, 2016, 9am PDT
State Senator Bob Wieckowski is working to help communities get the necessary tools to increase capacity for climate resilience.
October 27, 2016, 11am PDT
The city of Vancouver has emerged as a leader in "laneway" housing: secondary units built onto existing lots, often facing an alleyway. To boost supply, the city may expedite permitting for modular units.
September 14, 2016, 10am PDT
After nine years of controversy, the District's first zoning revamp since 1958 is officially on the books.
September 6, 2016, 1pm PDT
The state of California stepped into to make it easier for local governments to approve permissive regulations of accessory dwelling units.
August 29, 2016, 12pm PDT
Faced with the task of conforming its "granny flats" ordinance with state law, the Los Angeles City Council yielded.
August 14, 2016, 11am PDT
The legal, and social, challenges to building more second units in Los Angeles.
The Washington Post - Wonkblog
August 8, 2016, 8am PDT
An op-ed by Daniel Freedman explains how a legal spat over an 850-square-foot "granny flat" affected hundreds of units around Los Angeles. The city's attempt to rectify the problems with its second unit ordinance has encountered more resistance.
July 28, 2016, 12pm PDT
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved legislation that will allow the construction of accessory dwelling units, potentially adding thousands of units to the city's housing supply.
May 11, 2016, 2pm PDT
Washington, D.C. approved a long-awaited new zoning code in January. Greater Greater Washington digs into one of the new code's more substantive changes: more permissive regulations for accessory dwelling units.
Greater Greater Washington
May 1, 2016, 1pm PDT
Building permits for Accessory Dwelling Units have been stopped by court order in Los Angeles.
April 19, 2016, 9am PDT
Many Maine communities have amended their zoning ordinances to allow accessory dwelling units, recognizing the benefits of this housing option.
Maine Association of Planners Front Page
April 10, 2016, 7am PDT
Granny flats, also known as mother-in-law units or accessory dwelling units, are a hot button item in most cities. A county court recently took the city of Los Angeles' finger off the button, so to speak.
January 26, 2016, 9am PST
At a building industry trade show held last week, the new trend was for houses constructed with extra space for renters or extended family. In other words, depreciation comes standard.
January 21, 2016, 5am PST
The D.C. Zoning Commission last week approved a new zoning code for the nation's capital. The new code will go into effect in September.