Be a YIYBY (Yes, In Your Backyard!) Neighbor – when you see people building ADUs on their property go say “hi” and encourage them to keep up the good work!
If your city allows ADUs, help spread the word that it’s a viable option.
If your city allows ADUs only through a conditional use permit, propose that they be allowed by right.
If your city has restrictive ADU regulations, propose that they update them to be more flexible (no owner occupancy requirement, no additional parking requirement, etc.) Check out How Portland Became ADU-Friendly (And How Your City Can, Too) for specific ideas.
Attend the Residential Infill Advisory Committee Meetings (1st Tuesday of the month). Stick around for open public testimony at the end to share 2-3 minutes of how Portland could go further to encourage ADUs, tiny homes, and other discreet forms of urban infill. One idea under consideration is to allow both and internal and external ADU – so folks speaking up about that great idea would be super.
Engage in advocacy to Fight Back Against Multnomah’s New Detached ADU re-MAV Policy. Join the Google Group if you’re an ADU owner adversely impacted by the Re-MAV and Multnomah County’s new taxation system.
Here’s a little update from Kol about the Multnomah County tax change:
For ADU owners, prospective homeowner/builders, builders, designers, we’re organizing through Google Groups. You can request to join here: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/multnomah-tax-change. Once you join, you can post questions or comments to the group. So whether you just completed your ADU, or you are in design, construction, or working in the industry, you’ll be able to keep up on the various actions being organized. Those that were hit by new taxes this year are preparing a group appeal, but there are political actions that are likely to happen, so you can keep up to speed with that issue through this Google Group as well.
Hi. My name is Lina Menard and I'm a small house dweller, designer, blogger, and builder. I'm currently collecting ADU Case Studies for AccessoryDwellings.org. Through my company Niche Consulting LLC, I help people design and build the home (and life) of their dreams! I also tell my stories about simple living in small spaces - like a travel trailer, a yurt, a backyard cottage, and tiny houses on wheels - at Niche News.