Category Archives: affordable housing

Accessory Dwelling Units


PS21 is pleased to partner with the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority to bring Kol Peterson to Portsmouth. Mr. Peterson is one of the country’s foremost experts on accessory dwelling units. He will be presenting  on Tuesday October 2 at 7 PM at the 3S Artspace. Please register online in order to ensure sufficient seating.

 An ADU can benefit you by being a self-contained apartment for a family member, a caregiver, or to use as a rental unit for additional income. Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) – also known as granny flats, inlaw suites, and accessory apartments – are allowed in all New Hampshire communities by state statute. Accessory to the primary house on the property, whether attached to it (above a garage, on the side of the house, in an attic or basement) or detached (a converted garage or barn or new construction). 

Peterson’s book, Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development, is the authoritative book about accessory dwelling units to date. It’s written for planners, ADU advocates, and homeowners who aspire to build ADUs. 

Peterson will cover the process of designing and building an ADU, and considerations including costs, financing, permitting, design, rental models, and more. He’ll also delve into why expanding the inventory of ADUs in New Hampshire will help homeowners, would-be renters, downsizers, and the availability of affordable housing for our state’s workforce and communities.

The event is presented by the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority, and co-hosted by the Workforce Housing Coalition of the Greater Seacoast and PS21. The event’s lead sponsor is AARP. The Lodging Sponsor is The Sailmaker’s House. Event Partners are the Seacoast Media Group, PortsmouthNH.com, 3S Artspace, Coruway Film Institute, Riverwoods Durham, and Ambit Engineering.

Following the presentation, we will reserve ample time for questions and discussion. The event is free and all are welcome. Please register online in order to ensure sufficient seating.

Purchase Backdoor Revolution-The Definitive Guide to ADU Development online for $10 (a 60% discount) and pick it up at the event.

ADU Event Draws Full House

Nearly 90 people came to the Portsmouth library Feb. 22 to hear Ben Frost of the NH Housing Finance Authority and Rick Taintor, Portsmouth planning director, discuss accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and the city’s new ordinance governing ADUs.

The video includes both presentations and the Q&A afterward. Slides from Frost’s entertaining presentation on ADUs and the state law and Taintor’s detailed look at Portsmouth’s ordinance can be downloaded by clicking on the links. Portsmouth’s zoning changes also are available.

Accessory Dwelling Units in Portsmouth: What, Why & How

PS21 Event February 22 at Portsmouth Library to Learn More About the Possibilities and Impacts of ADUs

Are you wondering how the new Portsmouth Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance could impact you and your neighborhood?

On Wednesday, February 22 at 7 PM in the Levenson Room of Portsmouth Public Library, PS21 will present an event featuring Ben Frost from the New Hampshire Housing Finance Authority and Rick Taintor from the Portsmouth Planning Department to discuss the law, its possibilities and impact.

New Hampshire’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) law was signed last year by Governor Hassan. An “accessory dwelling unit” is defined as a residential living unit that is within or attached to a single-family dwelling, and that provides independent living facilities for one or more persons.

The fundamental requirement of the new law is that every municipality with a zoning ordinance “shall allow accessory dwelling units as a matter of right or by either conditional use permit….” To comply with the ADU law, which takes effect statewide in June, the Portsmouth City Council passed an ordinance last month.

Frost of New Hampshire Housing will talk about ADUs, show examples, and explain how they can help ease the affordable housing crisis in the city and state.

Portsmouth Planning Director Rick Taintor will follow with a discussion of Portsmouth’s new ADU ordinance, and there will be an opportunity to ask him questions.

This PS21 event is free and open to the public, and presented by Portsmouth Smart Growth for the 21st Century (PS21) as part of its series to stimulate discussion about policy and planning issues affecting Portsmouth.

Season Sponsors: Piscataqua Savings Bank, Geoffrey E. Clark and Martha Fuller Clark Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, Coruway Film Institute

Event Partners: Seacoast Media Group, The Sound

 

Affordable Housing Update

A Smart Growth Approach to Affordable Housing” — Philadelphia-based planner Jennifer Hurley’s look at housing affordability in Portsmouth and the Seacoast — is now on YouTube. Click below to watch the video by Coruway Film Institute or see video page for bookmarked segments.

Affordable housing follow-up. The ‘action’ workshop on Jan. 29  resulted in a dozen ideas for advancing affordable housing in Portsmouth. Committees are being formed to follow up. Read the action idea descriptions and send us email if you’re interested in working on a particular one.

Housing types preference survey. About 150 citizens, planners, builders and city leaders reviewed images of affordable housing styles during Jennifer Hurley’s presentation on Jan. 28 and voted for those they liked the most and the least. See the images and results.

Food for thought. Links to articles and resources related to affordable housing are listed in the right column under “Affordable Housing.”