Keynote II – Jake Wegmann: Insights to Guide the Future of ADU Development
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are emerging as a potentially significant source of new housing in America’s cities, but there is relatively little research available to inform the decisions that cities, developers and homeowners need to make about how to encourage their development.
As a pioneer in academic research on ADUs around the country, Jake Wegmann will share insights on hot-button issues in ADU development from multiple cities. How can federal mortgage policy help or hinder an individual homeowner trying to build an ADU? Why didn’t ADUs take off in the 1980s, despite plenty of interest, scholarship and code adoption back then? Which factors drive un-permitted ADUs underground, and which make homeowners more likely to build fully legal units? Beyond lowering fees and easing permitting processes, how can cities encourage ADU development to generate more housing?
Wegmann will close with an inspiring look at successes in the ADU movement to date, and his recommendations for how the movement can continue to grow.