Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) - Case Studies and Examples

Strong Towns Staff
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"Accessory Dwelling Units Rock. But Should States Be Overriding Cities' Laws About Building Them?" (Podcast)

Building an accessory apartment is one of the gentlest ways you can increase the housing stock in your town. But does that mean that states should be the ones making the rules about how you can do it—even if those rules are permissive?

"So You Want to Build an ADU?"

Let’s walk through what it actually takes to build a small rental apartment on your property in Austin, Texas. It’s a lesson in how the city’s existing code stymies gentle, incremental, small-scale development.

"Three Cheers for Lexington's ADU Ordinance"

Lexington, Kentucky, recently proposed an ordinance that would allow accessory dwelling units. Nolan Gray explains how ADUs are good for renters, good for homeowners, and good for the city — and why Lexington’s ordinance is (almost) perfect.

"Could You Move In Next Door?"

Given our current pattern of development, is it overly romantic to want to transition through the stages of life while remaining in the same neighborhood, with the same people around us?

"Making Normal Neighborhoods Legal Again"

The growing movement to end exclusive single-family zoning—as Oregon just did in its cities—is not a radical or untested experiment: it’s a return to a historical norm. The actual radical experiment is the strange notion that a neighborhood should be required to contain only one type of home.

"What if They Passed Zoning Reform and Nobody Came?"

Last November, Minneapolis made duplexes and triplexes legal on any residential lot—an achievement that became a model for other towns and cities. Let’s check in.

"In Vermont, One Step Closer to Finding 'Missing Middle' Housing"

A bill making its way through the Vermont legislature could be a model for making communities more affordable, more walkable, and more prosperous.

"The Magic of the Granny Flat"

Due to their flexibility and utility, ADUs have captured the attention of seniors and aging-in-place advocates. Read more about the story of Megan Parrish, her mother Pat Dalrymple, and their experience with an ADU. 


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