The City of Olympia is beginning to create a program to assist homeowners who want to build an ADU on their property. It is beginning with an informational brochure that will be available in the Community Planning and Development Office (837 7th Avenue Southeast, Olympia, WA; 360- 753-8314), and later there will be an ADU manual that will outline all the steps necessary to build an ADU. There are also plans to host a design competition among local designers to come up with prototype designs for ADUs to be compiled into a book.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are an affordable type of infill housing. They are small, include a bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, and can be either attached or detached from the main house on the property.