What's New for ADUs? New Guidance from the state

Session 8D | Thursday | 2:30 – 3:45 PM PT

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About the Session

ADUs present a politically feasible, low-barrier solution to increasing the housing supply.                    

In 1993/4, the State Legislature commissioned the development of model standards for accessory dwelling units and resulted in RCW 43.63A.215, which “encourage[ing] the development and placement of accessory apartments in areas zoned for single-family residential use.

It’s been almost 30 years since larger local governments had to allow ADUs, yet, they are not proliferating in Washington, and much has changed. New amendments to the housing element specifically require that local governments consider the role of ADUs in meeting housing needs. The Department of Commerce is refreshing its guidance for cities and counties.  Come and find out how ADUs can play a greater role in providing housing for your community.

About the Moderator

Anne Aurelia Fritzel, AICP
Washington State Department of Commerce

Anne Fritzel, AICP, is the Housing Programs Manager with Growth Management Services, at the Washington State Department of Commerce.  Anne oversees the development of guidance for implementing new housing-related planning requirements, including substantial changes to the housing element, three housing grant programs, and the multifamily tax exemption program. Before joining Commerce, Anne worked for local governments in British Columbia, in Washington State, specializing in transportation planning and urban design.  Anne has a B.Sc. in Economics from the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the Queen’s University, in Ontario, Canada.

About the Speakers

Ryan Hughes, AICP
Nexus Planning Services

Ryan’s experience includes nearly two decades in urban planning, community, and economic development. Earning his Urban & Regional Planning degree from Eastern Washington University, Ryan is professionally certified by the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP). He has led project work in comprehensive planning, development administration, public participation, and economic development. His work has covered much of the Northwest and complex regions of Africa and the Middle East.

Leonard Bauer, FAICP
City of Olympia

Leonard holds a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Oregon. He served as the Managing Director of Growth Management Services for the State of Washington from 2001 - 2013, and as a planner and planning director at various local and regional governments in Oregon and Washington. In 2014, he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners, national recognition for career achievements in planning.

Lauren Prentice
Walla Walla County

Lauren is a native of Eastern Washington and she obtained BA in Geography from the University of Washington. Lauren has been working in planning in Walla Walla for the last 17 years, with Walla Walla County and the now-disbanded Walla Walla Joint Community Development Agency. By nature of working in a small rural County, her planning experience in Walla Walla County has been dynamic and varied, although permitting and assisting citizens in planning for ADUs continues to be part of her daily practice.

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