AARP Adds New Resources on ADU Policies and Inclusive Zoning

Jan 27, 2021

The AARP Livable Communities team, which builds resources to support age-friendly community efforts, has released a pair of resources to promote local policy improvements that can help older adults age in community and make public spaces more inclusive.

Enabling Better Places: A Handbook for Improved Neighborhoods provides options for communities to consider as they identify and select small-scale, incremental policy changes that can be made without overhauling entire zoning codes and land use policies.

Created by AARP Livable Communities and the Congress for the New Urbanism for use by involved residents, elected officials, local-government staff and members of policymaking and advisory committees, the publication provides an introduction to how a town, city or county can adapt its zoning code — and in doing so become a more livable community for people of all ages, incomes and backgrounds.

Additionally, a resource called Accessory Dwelling Units: Model State Act and Local Ordinance is an update of a previous guide of state and local policies on ADU. The continuing demand for, and evolving experience with ADU legislation, spurred AARP to prepare a new version of the model state act and local ordinance.