Matt will be presenting at a ADU conference put on by Portland State’s Urban Sustainability Accelerator.
Public Support Strategies: NIMBYs, YIMBYs and Decision-Makers
A recent column in the New York Times described research showing that opposition to infill and redevelopment in single family neighborhoods was bi-partisan and pervasive and was playing an important role in limiting housing supply in expensive housing markets. That opposition can often be decisive for decision makers as they consider changes to land use regulations or reviewing permits. Yet progress on this front has been made using different public support strategies, including responsible journalism and the formation and effective advocacy by Yes In My Backyard organizations. This session will hear from advocates with YIMBY groups Portland for Everyone and MOAR Seattle (More Options for Accessory Residences) and the roles these groups have played in pushing for reforms to single-family zoning. Teams will share what they have observed as the most effective responses to neighborhood opposition to ADUs and other forms of infill and redevelopment.