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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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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Accessory Apartments & Corner Stores: What you should know about the DC Zoning Proposals

Accessory Apartments & Corner Stores: What you should know about the DC Zoning Proposals

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ACCESSORY APARTMENTS: Issue heard on Nov. 6, regarding Subtitle D: Residential House (R) Zones: Allow one accessory unit in single family residential zones; Allow accessory apartment in owner-occupied home or existing accessory building (e.g. carriage house or garage) with access through alley or side yard, special exception for any construction or additoin
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