First-Ever National Gathering on Accessory Dwelling Units

Lisa Schamess, Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Build Small Live Large Summit, convening for the first time in Portland, Oregon this fall, will bring together the nation's leaders in policymaking design, and development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). ADUs are among the most powerful tools in introducing "gentle density" to neighborhoods, offering affordable housing, and often keeping multi-generation families together.

Among the keynote speakers will be Harriet Tregoning, who led the Office of Community Planning and Development at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Obama Administration. Her work at HUD encompassed helping states, regions, and localities build a strong foundation for resilience and for a diverse and prosperous economy based on enhancing community quality of place, economic opportunity, fiscal stability, transportation choice, and housing affordability. Tregoning was previously Director of the DC Office of Planning, where she led the first comprehensive zoning revision in more than 50 years; major changes included allowing Accessory Dwelling Units by right in most residential zones. She is now working with a coalition of organizations in DC to help implement the new Accessory Dwelling Unit provisions. 

Sessions at the Summit will examine how ADUs can help fight displacement, offer age-friendly homes for seniors, and provide transitional housing for the homeless. The Summit happens Friday, and tours and educational workshops will be available during the weekend.

What: Build Small Live Large Summit

Where: Portland, Oregon

When: November 3-5, 2017


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