A design of a garage converted into an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in D.C.

A design of a garage converted into an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) in D.C.

This week, the Montgomery County Council voted to loosen regulations for accessory dwelling units (ADUs) despite a small but vocal opposition from some residents.

WAMU’s business reporter, Ally Schweitzer, framed the issue this way: “How can jurisdictions balance the needs of a growing population without alienating existing residents who believe change threatens their quality of life?”

Can more ADUs help address affordable housing issues in the region? How do local zoning laws impact what can be built — and where? Do ADUs change the “character” of a neighborhood? Plus, we’ll have a local architect answer all your burning questions about what it takes to design and build an ADU.

Produced by Cydney Grannan


  • Rebecca Tan Local reporter, The Washington Post; @rebtanhs
  • Hilary Phillips-Rogers Executive member of the Greater Olney Civic Association
  • Jane Lyons Maryland Advocacy Manager, Coalition for Smarter Growth; @janeplyons
  • Ileana Schinder Washington, D.C. Architect; @IleanaSchinder

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