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Granny Flats and Affordable Housing

· Springfield Oregon,ADUs,afforda

By: Will Van Vactor​

In response to the affordable housing crisis in Oregon, many cities are looking to create more housing opportunities. One way some communities are doing that is by easing development restrictions on 'granny flats', also called 'accessory dwelling units' (ADUs). Oregonlive recently published a story on Springfield, Oregon's efforts in that regard.

Some local governments, to encourage affordable housing development, are lowering development costs for ADUs. Local governments can do so by waiving system development charges (commonly known as SDCs) and easing parking requirements.

Also of note is Senate Bill 1051, which was recently passed by the Oregon Legislature. This law encourages the development of affordable housing, including ADUs.

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