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ADU Questions & Tiny Community Idea


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    Great ideas, Diane H. I believe the Housing Trust SV is trying to simplify the process and be that portal, but I will let Vianey elaborate. Here are some of the resources the WNAC has tracked on ADUs


    Regarding the ADU community, I think that is a great idea and consistent with the type of suggestions that were made at the Teachers Village & More Forum as an opportunity to create more mid-density housing that would be relatively affordable (see here http://winchesternac.com/2018/06/02/what-about-adding-teachers-housing-to-dicks-center/).

    For instance, what if a 1/4-acre suburban lot was repurposed to be a tiny home community, such as found at LUXTINY in Arizona. Not exactly what I am thinking, but is close, as it has about 7.5 units per acre (45 units on 6 acres).

    The simple math is:

    – 10k square foot lot (just less than 1/4 acre) that costs $1M

    – 10 each, 700 square foot buildings (8 residences, 1 community room, 1 garage for a shared vehicle) that cost $100k each on average (based on the Kube Living models, this might be feasible – see http://winchesternac.com/2018/06/11/kubed-containers-housing-for-less-than-100k/),

    – Plus $400k for other costs, such as demolition, plumbing, permit/impact fees, etc. landscaping, etc. (say for a total of $2.4M),

    – that would be $300k per residence ($2.4M/8 residences) per residence, which translates into $1,408/month payment for a $270k 30-year mortgage at 4.75%.

    Still expensive, but lots cheaper than the typical Silicon Valley domicile. Plus the density could help actually create neighborhoods, instead of silos where people are sheltered by their cars until they drive into their garages.

    It goes to one of the fundamental things that I think needs to be conveyed and that is we need to change mindset, if we are going to make the kind of changes that are needed to create affordable options, while rebuilding the sense of community. The above model probably doesn’t work, where every individual has a car. But new modes of transport, such as shared cars, rideshare, electric bikes and scooters, low-speed autonomous ride-share shuttles, change all of the traditional assumptions.

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