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The Washington Grove Racial and Social Equity Committee presents
A Series of Programs about Accessory Dwelling Units

The forthcoming Comprehensive Plan suggests that the Town explore the possibility of permitting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs).  What would that mean for our Town within a Forest?  Let’s learn more and ask questions.

An Accessory Dwelling Unit in Arlington, Virginia.

Watch the Thursday, September 22 presentation from Kol Peterson (Passcode: Myw5.J=R), nationally-known ADU advocate, author of “Backdoor Revolution: The Definitive Guide to ADU Development,” and founder of the world’s first tiny-house hotel.

Wednesday, October 26, at 7:30 pm via Zoom:  Lisa Govoni, a housing planner with the Montgomery County Planning Department, and Ehsan Motazedi, Deputy Director of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, will talk about the county’s ADU program and its goals.

Questions that will be addressed:

  1. What are Montgomery County’s goals in allowing ADU’s?
  2. Are the goals of the program being achieved?
  3. How has the program been received throughout the county?
  4. Have people’s fears or concerns been allayed?
  5. How many ADU’s have been licensed?
  6. What have been the effects of ADU’s in neighborhoods or municipalities?
  7. What kinds of problems have arisen, if any?
  8. What are the environmental pros and cons of ADU’s or smaller housing units in general?
  9. Have ADU’s increased availability of affordable housing in any significant way?
  10. Have they led to greater socioeconomic, racial, or ethnic diversity in neighborhoods?
  11. Some say that ADU’s add more of the same population because homeowners rent to family members or those “more like” themselves. Are there statistics about any of this?

Thursday, December 1, at 7:30 pm via Zoom:  Nick Patten, an attorney who practices housing law in DC, will discuss research regarding ADUs, diversity, and social equity.

Questions that will be addressed:

  1. What does the overall research and real-life examples so far say about whether ADUs actually increase economic or racial/ethnic diversity
    in a community?
  2. If it is unclear that the implementation of ADUs actually increases diversity in a community, are there other policies or practices that communities have tried in conjunction with ADUs that make it more likely their implementation will promote diversity?
  3. A re there other policies or practices that communities have tried in conjunction with ADUs that have been less likely to promote diversity?

Please join us!  All three events use this Zoom meeting link.
Meeting ID: 854 1546 5840      Passcode: 841322
Or join by phone at 301-715-8592


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