ADU Resources in Jackson County courtesy of R3V


What is an ADU?

ADU is short for Accessory Dwelling Unit.  It can be accessory to detached single-family homes, townhouses, manufactured homes and duplex dwellings on their own lot.

Jump to your town’s ADU rules: Medford – Phoenix – Talent – Ashland – Central Point – Jackson County

Why ADUs are important for you and your community

  • Creates more housing density at lower costs within the Urban Growth Boundaries that maintain our wide open spaces for ag and wildlife.  
  • Serves people and places according to AARP by creating attainable housingfor elders and people starting out.
  • Supports aging in place, generational wealth building, and housing for extended family or friends.
  • Adds affordable “missing middle” housing options in a moment of critical shortage/ opportunity.  Missing middle is everything from ADUs to 8 unit complexes. 
  • Generates income – what does a 1 bedroom unit rent for in your area?
  • Increases property values 25% to 34%. A 2012  study from Portland.
  • Accelerates mortgage payoff at a time when 24% of Oregon homeowners are mortgage burdened and of that 9% are severely cost burdened- Oregon Center for Public Policy
  • Reduces the need for cars and increases walking, biking, and transit use.

How an ADU could work for you

  • ADUs are extremely valuable when it’s time to sell your home. Studies show that ADUs can increase property values and make homes more desirable to potential buyers, especially those interested in aging-in-place.
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The Anatomy of an ADU, One of COVID-19’s Most Popular Home Additions

Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, have become a bit of a buzzword in the housing world. In recent years, these backyard tiny homes have offered affordable housing solutions in pricey cities, provided studio space for creative types, and served as in-law suites for aging relatives. Now, ADUs, sometimes called “granny flats,” are popping up at record pace during the coronavirus pandemic. They’ve taken on a new purpose: to create flexible space for people cooped up at home. Continue reading »


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Backdoor Revolution-

The Definitive Guide to ADU Development


ADUs, commonly known as granny flats, Backyard cottages, inlaw suites, and accessory apartments, are a form of residential infill housing on the precipice of a massive revitalization in the US.

Backdoor Revolution (paperback)


358 pages. Black and white. 1.2 lbs. 6″ x 9″. Free shipping in the US.

“Backdoor Revolution is an A–Z manual on how to create ADUs, written by one of the most passionate, knowledgeable and experienced people in this burgeoning movement. For anyone wanting to build or live in an ADU, or to include as a permitted use in a zoning code, this is the go-to book.

With this book, Kol leads the reader through the challenges and barriers that get in the way of permitting, financing and building ADUs, and lays out the opportunities for bringing this grassroots phenomenon into a viable housing option for American cities and towns.

— Ross Chapin, author of Pocket Neighborhoods: Creating Small-Scale Community in a Large-Scale World

The ABCs of ADUs


The ABCs of ADUs

A Guide to Accessory Dwelling Units and How They Expand Housing Options for People of All Ages

You’ll want to download this helpful primer for elected officials, policymakers, local leaders, homeowners, consumers and basically anyone who’s looking into the idea. This publication is a “best-practices guide for how towns, cities, counties and states can include ADUs in their mix of housing options.” LINK