Accessory Dwelling Units

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As housing demand continues to outpace supply in the District, creative solutions are needed to provide additional housing in order to reduce rental costs. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are one such solution. An ADU is a secondary living unit in a house, with a separate entrance/exit. Examples of ADUs include basement apartments, backyard cottages, in-law suites, and garage apartments.

By building ADUs across the city, we can weave additional housing into residential neighborhoods in ways that enhance the community fabric, promote intergenerational living arrangements, and improve housing affordability. After recent changes to the District’s zoning code made it easier for property owners to build ADUs on their lots, the Coalition for Smarter Growth has led the way in promoting the production of ADUs to take advantage of these changes.

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Event: Understanding DC Zoning for Accessory Apartments & Second Dwellings

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Homeowner’s ADU Zoning Webinar Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @ 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Via Zoom RSVP Attention DC homeowners! Want to understand what DC zoning regulations permit on your lot so you can build an accessory apartment or second unit? Join us to learn from Mamadou Ndaw with the
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RELEASE: CSG joins with United Planning Organization to Announce Launch of ADU DC, an Accessory Dwelling Unit Initiative in Washington, DC

RELEASE: CSG joins with United Planning Organization to Announce Launch of ADU DC, an Accessory Dwelling Unit Initiative in Washington, DC

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | Aug 6, 2019 United Planning Organization Announces Launch of ADU DC, an Accessory Dwelling Unit Initiative in Washington, DC Initiative will catalyze affordable rental housing and increase financial stability for lower-income homeowners in Washington, DC WASHINGTON, DC: Today, the United Planning Organization announced the launch of ADU DC,
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Jan. 31, 2019 Homeowner ADU Workshop

Jan. 31, 2019 Homeowner ADU Workshop

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We had a fabulous turnout of over 100 people at our D.C. ADU Homeowner Workshop on Jan. 31, 2019, at District Architecture Center! If you are able, please fill out this survey about the workshop so that we can make sure our future events meet your needs; we want to make sure we're helping
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Testimony: DC Zoning Update on alternative language September 2014

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We support most of the proposed changes in the hearing notice for subtitle C, but specifically want to express opposition to the DC Office of Planning proposal to: “Remove the Priority Bus Corridor from the areas within which required parking may be reduced by up to 50% as a matter of right as originally advertised.” Instead, we support the alternative language: “In the Alternative: Retain the Priority Bus Corridor as an area within which required parking may be reduced by up to 50% as a matter of right, as originally setdown on September 9, 2013.”
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CSG testimony to DC Zoning Commission on “alternative language”

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around in our city’s long decline and current rapid growth, this zoning update is urgently needed. We wish to reiterate our overall support for the ZRR. In particular, we wish to address some of the proposed changes to the language set down last year on September 9, 2013 contained in the hearing notice for September 8-11, 2014 hearings.
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