2017 Program

PROGRAM

The one-day professional summit on November 3, 2017 runs from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m, with lunch and coffee provided. Optional tours and workshops are available during the weekend.

Day 1
Nov 03 2017

Portland’s ADU Movement: A Path To Overcome Challenges We All Share

The Portland metro region has a long history of innovative land use policies focused on protecting farm and forest land and preserving livability in the face of growth. More recently...
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Eli Spevak
Emily Lieb
Robert Liberty
Kol Peterson

Keynote I: Harriet Tregoning

Harriet Tregoning is the former principal deputy assistant secretary for the Office of Community Planning and Development (CPD), an agency within the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). She...
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Harriet Tregoning

Keynote II: Jake Wegmann

Jake Wegmann has been an Assistant Professor in the Community and Regional Planning program at the University of Texas at Austin since 2014. His unique and nationally-focused research investigates housing...
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Jake Wegmann

Jumpstarting Local ADU Markets

Learn about successful strategies used to grow local accessory dwelling unit (ADU) markets through the removal of regulatory barriers, providing incentives for development, and education for professionals and homeowners. There...
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Denise Pinkston
Jake Fry
Kol Peterson

ADUs: Anti-Displacement Units?

By adding new housing options to the neighborhoods where people most want to live, ADUs are playing a small but growing role in easing the housing crisis so many cities...
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Design Matters: How Small Space Design Leads to Large Outcomes

Design plays a significant role in the creation and development of individual accessory dwelling units (ADUs), and in the development of the entire ADU market. In this session, leading ADU...
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Sam Sudy
Schuyler Smith
Lindsay Schack
Lucas Gray
Nicholas Papaefthimiou
Nicholas Papaefthimiou

Innovative Models for Financing and Developing ADUs

The majority of people who successfully build an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) on their property have a particular set of resources and skills. For homeowners, financing the build and navigating...
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Tim Miller
Adam Zimmerman
Patrick Quinton

Knocking Down Walls: Eliminating Barriers and Increasing Opportunities for ADU Development

While smaller housing represents a solution to both affordability and growth management issues, regulations have impeded the robust development of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). This session will focus on how...
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Madeline Kovacs
Eli Spevak

ADUs as a Sustainability Solution

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) can be an important sustainability strategy for cities seeking to protect the environment for their citizens and meet greenhouse gas reduction targets.  Because ADUs are often...
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Jordan Palmeri
Kate White
Robert Liberty
Tom Bowerman

Tiny Homes for the Houseless

Cities experiencing booming populations and skyrocketing housing prices are also facing the challenge of caring for an increasing numbers of citizens experiencing houselessness. These cities need new models for affordable...
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R. Scott Mitchell
Sofia Borges

The Market for ADUs

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) address many current deficiencies in the housing market: small homes are a good fit for young couples, empty nesters, and seniors; and in popular and established...
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ADUs as Age-Friendly Housing

According to AARP research, 90 percent of people 45+ want to remain in their own home and community as long as possible. How do accessory dwelling units (ADUs) fit into...
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Bandana Shrestha
Alan DeLaTorre

Design and Innovation Slam

How might our homes, neighborhoods and cities change if we embraced building small as a path to create a greener and more equitable world?  In this energizing wrap-up to the...
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Day 1
Nov 04 2017

ADU and Small Home Tour

Take a guided or self-guided tour of real accessory dwelling units in Portland. The tour will visit five or more ADUs of different types (detatched, attic and basement), with builders,...
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Tiny House Villages Tour

Building on the Tiny Homes for the Houseless Session, this guided tour will visit new and established communities that use small structures as transitional housing for people experiencing houselessness. These...
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Sunday Workshops and Classes – Separate Registration Required
Day 1
Nov 05 2017

Workshop: Building an Accessory Dwelling Unit

This one-day workshop is a primer for homeowners to learn to build accessory dwelling units (ADUs) that will enhance their properties, maximize their space, and add flexibility to their lives....
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Class: Accessory Dwelling Unit 101

With the Portland Metro area projected to grow by 725,000 by 2035, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) will become an increasingly advantageous and popular option for property owners.  Attending ADU 101...
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