ADU Convening

In October of 2020 Invest Health hosted a "convening" related to ADUs. The invited communities were Grand Rapids (MI), Missoiula (MT), Napa (CA), and Riverside (CA). The convenings were held for two hours over five days. The media and video of the convening are now available. Of particular interest is the financing options portion of day #2; local expertise in this area is extremely limited.

A look back at 2020

2020 has been a strange year; having an extended prologue and epilogue. It is a year that began sometime around the end of march and will conclude sometime in early November, unlike any other year I’ve experienced. The notion of this BLOG – attend some meetings, report on the cool the frustrating stuff which is happening [or not happening] – has not been a good fit for 2020. So, before whatever it is that happens next, a round-up seemed like a fun idea and a nice distraction.

Housing Next Needs Analysis

The Housing Next needs analysis was presented to the Committee of the Whole on 2020-07-21.

Some Maps

Everyone loves maps, and the RAPID's "Mobility For All" survey is up. You check out the survey, think about it, and provide feedback. This survey supports the required Comprehensive Operational Analysis which will determine the next phase of the RAPID's operation.

Now, the maps....

ADU 535 Shirley St

Building an ADU (Grand Rapids, MI)

The first part of this article is a narrative in response to the surprising number of questions I received regarding “Why?”. Anyone interested only in the process and numbers can scroll straight down to “The Granny Flat Alternative”.

The Strategic Plan Is Here

The city's new Strategic Plan is now available (link) is now available; hot of the e-presses. This document is meant to intentionally connect the goals of the Master Plan, and the various subsidiary plans, with the annual operations such as budgeting.

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Mobility Discussion @ Feb 26th Strategic Planning Session

The discussion of Mobility at the February 26th Strategic Planning Session begins at ~2:49:49. The purpose of the Strategic Plan is to link in a list of three to five year priorities the city's day to day operations and annual budget to the long range Master Plan(s). We still have to see how, or if, this works about but a focus on the materialization of long term planning goals is an admirable goal.

Some interesting points:

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