Be Neighbor Pattern

Jul 2020

Be my Neighbor

Untapped Housing Solutions: ADUs and Conversions

We can create hundreds of thousands of new homes in the region just by allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and conversions of large single-family homes to two- or three-family homes.

We can create hundreds of thousands of new homes in the region just by allowing accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and conversions of large single-family homes to two- or three-family homes, most of which would be in areas near transit.

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Key Recommendations

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Land Use and Segregation

Segregation Opportunty in Housing 1967 Regional Plan Association
Housing segregation in our region did not happen by chance. It is the result of accumulated policy decisions over multiple generations. To address this, we first must acknowledge and understand this history.
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What are ADUs and Conversions?

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Regional Potential and Recommendations

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If just one third of the region’s single-family homes located in these transit-oriented areas were to add additional units through conversion or an ADU retrofit, more than 250,000 homes could be created.

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New York City Potential and Recommendations

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Just by allowing accessory dwelling units or conversions in large single-family and two-family houses, NYC can potentially create more than 100,000 new homes.

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Debunking Misconceptions About Increased Density

Next Steps

Acknowledgements

Special thanks to:

Rob Lane
Senior Fellow for Urban Design
Renae Widdison
Former Intern Planner
Christopher Jones
SVP & Chief Planner
Kate Slevin
SVP, State Programs & Advocacy
Dave Zackin
Graphic Designer
Christina Kata
Special Projects Associate
Lauren Tsuboyama
Director of Communications

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PNC Foundation

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