11/06 second, small home on a city lot: Conference examines Portland’s position on tiny houses

Modern Dwellings displays their model home at the 2015 Build Small Live Large Summit in Portland.

Modern Dwellings (http://moderndwellingspdx.com/) displays their model home at the 2015 Build Small Live Large Summit in Portland, Oregon.


“Portland is a leader in the country in the emancipation of ADUs (accessory dwelling units),” small house advocate Alan Durning told a sold-out crowd of 500 conference goers at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Student Union.

The number of permits to convert garages, attics and basements into self-contained apartments as well as build detached cottages has spiked since the city waived system development costs in 2010, shaving $8,000 or more off building costs.

Conference goers applauded speakers explaining the city’s position that make ADUs legal in most single-family zones and does not require separate off-street parking or for the owner to live on the property.

And yet, attendees were reminded by speakers like Durning, founder of the Sightline Institute, a sustainability research center in Seattle, that Portland limits accessory dwelling’s size, style, placement on the lot and the number of occupants. Tiny houses on wheels are not allowed.

Read more http://www.oregonlive.com/hg/index.ssf/2015/11/accessory_dwelling_build_small.html

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Elaine Walker