Use and regulation of accessory dwelling units, also known as accessory apartments, as a way to promote affordable housing and multi-generational housing options in single-family neighborhoods. Implementing an ADU ordinance requires local governments to balance the interests of homeowners, potential tenants, and the community at large. ADUs can benefit all parties if they are implemented properly. Community education and involvement are important to ensure support for ADUs. ADUs allow communities to grow in population without additional construction or the expense of new infrastructure. Accessory dwelling are not for everyone or every neighborhood, but when done properly in the appropriate area accessory dwelling units can be great additions to a community.
Giles, Lauren, "Accessory Apartments" (2007). Land Use Clinic. Paper 12.