On February 20, 2023, Jennifer L. Gray will be presenting Use of Accessory Dwelling Units to Respond to Changing Housing Needs at the 2023 Annual Meeting & Training School hosted by the New York State Association of Towns.
The program will discuss the national housing shortage and the spike in home prices, particularly in high-demand urban and suburban areas. To increase the supply of housing, policymakers are turning to innovative solutions to provide a mix of housing options to respond to demand, changing family needs and smaller households. For local governments, accessory dwelling units (“ADUs”) can be a relatively inexpensive solution to create low-cost housing units that add to the diversity of housing types in the locality. ADUs are separate dwelling units with a private kitchen, bath, bedroom(s) and living space that are either attached or detached to an existing home on a single lot, including garage apartments, basement apartments, in-law suites and attic apartments. This presentation will include a discussion of the pros and cons of ADUs, policy considerations to regulate ADUs, and proposed State legislation concerning accessory dwelling units.
Ms. Gray’s practice focuses on the areas of land development and zoning, litigation pertaining to land use, as well as municipal and real estate matters. They provide general counsel services to municipalities and and private sector clients in State Environmental Quality Act (SEQRA) compliance, the New York City Watershed Regulations and other environmental regulatory requirements.