Community Forum – Secondary Dwelling

photo of an accessory dwelling unitCommunity Forum

An Accessory Dwelling in the Backyard?

Tuesday April 16th, 2024, 8:00-9:30 pm
Falls Church Community Center, 223 Little Falls St.

Local jurisdictions are considering zoning changes to allow detached Accessory aka Secondary Dwelling Units (SDUs) in the backyards or single-family residential zoning districts. These are apartments, standalone dwellings or perhaps over garages.

  • What are the issues to consider if you want one for parents, guests, or renters?
  • How might it affect you if your neighbors want one?

This expert-led community discussion explored the zoning experiences with detached units in Alexandria and Fairfax County and suggested issues for Falls Church residents to think about as we navigate this potential change.

Expert Panel

Christina Stacy – Principal Research Associate, Urban Institute, Washington, DC
Presentation material is available here.

Brent Krasner, AICP – Urban Planner and Falls Church Planning Commissioner
Presentation material is available here.

Meeting Handouts