Katie Renaud


May 18, 2023

The Foundational Series

Can Cities Make Money on ADUs? Blog 3 – 4 min.readMay 18, 2023 | By: Frazier Fathers Denser, more urban cities are not only more environmentally friendly but also more efficient and less expensive to run. As the saying goes – only two things are true in life: death and taxes.  Property owners that have an additional dwelling unit (ADU) do have to pay taxes on that unit. The amount is driven by the assessed value of the ADU. Naturally, this value changes depending on the size, type, quality, and finishings of the ADUs. As some ADUs can reach the size of a small single-family home, the tax impact can be proportional to that scale in many cases.  Our tax revenue models assume a standardized detached ADU (specifically 40 sq. m/431 sq. ft) as the baseline for our tax calculations. The structure is also assumed to be a one bedroom/one...
April 14, 2023

The Foundational Series

What’s Up with ADU Bylaws?  Blog 2 – 5 min.read April 14, 2023 | By: Frazier Fathers Where an additional dwelling unit (ADU) can be built is a complicated matter that is most often driven by local bylaws. Provincial policy provides the foundation for these bylaws based on zoning and building code requirements and regulations but, it’s often up to the specific municipality to determine if ADUs are a possible and viable form of housing in their community.  ADUSearch attempts to determine where detached ADUs can be built at the lot level without significant barrier and restriction (i.e. dark green on our categorization) based on local bylaws. So, we dig into these bylaws and attempt to determine all of the potential paths and gateways that have to be met for a property owner to build a detached ADU. This process was conceptualized in the form of a  flowchart. For some...