Unleashing the Backyard BI(h)OME

Periodically, the City Impact Lab delves deep into an issue important to Los Angeles and convenes an Issue Roundtable with an invited group on that topic. The latest such issue tackled was the Backyard BI(h)OME. 

Auxiliary Dwelling Units (ADUs) can be one of the solutions to our housing shortage in Los Angeles. With over 500,000 single-family homes in LA City alone, if only 20% built a secondary unit (allowed since 2003 in California via AB1866: a structure of up to 1200 square feet can be built without zoning change), that would be 100,000 new housing units. A gathering of city officials, industry leaders, and issue experts set in the sun in August at UCLA to see how their cityLab project on such dwellings might be implemented.

The Action Report from this roundtable (with photos!) can be found here

If you'd like to get involved with any of the solutions suggested, please contact the City Impact Lab by emailing us.

About Issue Roundtables
In Los Angeles, there are hundreds (if not thousands) of issues that are being examined, researched, and trying to be solved every day by leaders across the region and around the globe. Some are quite complex, and others just need slight refinement to be fully effective. Some of the best solutions come from focused people working collaboratively to identify and address the issue. City Impact Lab's "Issue Roundtables" strive to do just that: convene a group of engaged individuals to identify and develop solutions to transform Los Angeles. Roundtable discussions start with experts identifying issues and potential solutions; and then, the assembled group discussing, debating, and creating an action plan with specific outcomes. Sitting face-to-face, solutions can be discussed by those with the power and interest to try something innovative. These sessions last approximately 90 minutes, and sometimes, the outcome is to have another roundtable in order to delve deeper or have attendees share the information to their networks. Attendees should be prepared to listen, contribute, and take on an action item to work towards a solution. Roundtables typically have about two dozen targeted attendees.