ADUs Come to the White House
Almost six years after legislation the Bay Area Council sponsored ignited a statewide surge in new accessory dwelling units (ADUs), the White House this week (Feb. 1) hosted a national discussion on the important and growing role ADUs can play in addressing the nation’s housing shortage. At the table was TMG Partner and former Council Housing Committee Co-Chair Denise Pinkston, under whose leadership the Council helped launch the Casita Coalition to grow the ADU industry and advance policies that make them easier, faster and less expensive to build. Pinkston, who serves as President of the Casita Coalition, shared how legislative achievements in California have resulted in an ADU revolution, with ADUs now comprising 11 percent of all residential building permits statewide.
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The Bay Area Council partnered with Senator Bob Wieckowski to pass the first significant ADU reform legislation in 2016 (SB 1069) and the Council continues to advocate for reforms to expand access to ADUs, including most recently sponsoring legislation by Assemblymember Phil Ting (AB 561) to make it easier for homeowners to finance ADU construction. To engage in our housing policy work, please contact Senior Policy Manager Kelli Fallon.