ADU 535 Shirley St

Building an ADU (Grand Rapids, MI)

The first part of this article is a narrative in response to the surprising number of questions I received regarding “Why?”. Anyone interested only in the process and numbers can scroll straight down to “The Granny Flat Alternative”.

The Strategic Plan Is Here

The city's new Strategic Plan is now available (link) is now available; hot of the e-presses. This document is meant to intentionally connect the goals of the Master Plan, and the various subsidiary plans, with the annual operations such as budgeting.

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Mobility Discussion @ Feb 26th Strategic Planning Session

The discussion of Mobility at the February 26th Strategic Planning Session begins at ~2:49:49. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to link in a list of three to five year priorities the city's day to day operations and annual budget to the long range Master Plan(s). We still have to see how, or if, this works about but a focus on the materialization of long term planning goals is an admirable goal.

Some interesting points:

ADU Zoning In Flux

NOTE: Our summary of ADU zoning located at http://urbangr.org/GRADURegs2018r2 is currently obsolete.

UPDATE: 2019-09 - It appears that the new status-quo is what is, the disappointing results of "Housing NOW" are what we have.

MobileGR 2018/11 Agenda Items

This is a look at the agenda items for the MobileGR meeting of 2018-11-08.

2018 Meeting Schedule

Meetings have been moved to noon [lunch time]. MobileGR meetings are approximately an hour in length.

WMCAT's Housing [not] NOW Report

The WMCAT presentation to the City Commision with the results from the community out-reach events is available as PDF or ODP. The "original" Google Drive document is here.

The presentation to the City Commission on October 9th, 2018, is available on Youtube.

A Critique of NOW's ADU Proposal

It has been more than six months since the Housing NOW related zoning proposals were released, and then indefinitely tabled. I have yet to encounter a detailed critique of the proposals. Given the disappointing condition of the debate I've decided to offer one here for the topic of which I am most familiar: Accessory Dwelling Units [ADUs]. Are there problems with is proposal? The answer is "yes".

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