ADUs: Case Studies and Best Practices from BC Communities (2021)

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Discover the benefits and challenges of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in small to medium-sized communities in insights from BC Housing.

Key Insights:

Explore the advantages of both attached and detached ADUs, addressing housing shortages and enhancing community vibrancy. Uncover the challenges, including costs and applicability on small lots, that equip small communities with the knowledge to unlock ADU potential for sustainable and affordable housing solutions.

Overcoming Hurdles:

Navigate zoning restrictions and tackle issues like parking and infrastructure. The report provides strategies for effective regulatory and building barrier management.

Best Practices:

The guide concludes with actionable best practices, complemented by implementation options and local case studies, offering practical guidance for communities in areas including:

  • Expand Conditions: Permit ADUs by expanding conditions.
  • Relax Parking Standards: Achieve positive outcomes by relaxing parking standards.
  • Streamline Permitting: Optimize resources with streamlined permitting processes.
  • Waive or Discount Fees: Encourage development by waiving or discounting fees.

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Research and writing team:

  • Ray Tomalty – Smart Cities Research Services
  • Dan Wilson – WCS Engagement+ Planning
  • Cheeying Ho – WCS Engagement+ Planning
  • Devarsh Bhonde – Research Support

Key topics explored:

Accessory Dwelling Units; ADU benefit & risks; Conditions supporting ADUs; Common Barriers; ADU Strategies and Practices

Date published: 2021