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YLG Hidden Density | September 20, 2017 (Seattle, WA)


Join us for a timely panel discussion regarding the future of development in Seattle’s single-family and low-rise zones. Panelists will share strategies and innovative approaches to traditional development.

Learn about Seattle’s pilot program for single-family lot division. Plus, be inspired by efforts in Portland and Seattle to use accessory dwelling units (ADUs) to provide housing for people who are experiencing homelessness.

Dan Bertolet, Sightline Institute
Rex Holbein and Jennifer LaFreniere, Block Architects
Sam Lai, Green Canopy Homes
Mary Li,  Multnomah County
Shannon Loew, Founder of FIX

Wednesday, September 20, 2017
7:30 AM | Registration and Networking
8:00 AM | Panel Discussion

GGLO – Space at the Steps

1301 1st Ave, Seattle, WA 98101

$25 Members | $35 Non-members

A light breakfast will be provided.


Presented by ULI Northwest Young Leaders Group 


Dan Bertolet, Sightline Institute
Dan Bertolet researches, writes about, and speaks about housing and urbanism. Prior to joining Sightline, he spent ten years in urban planning working with both private and public sector clients on projects that promote sustainable community development. Dan has published extensively on the complex interplay between housing affordability, land use regulation, and transportation.

Rex Holbein and Jennifer LaFreniere, Co-founders of the Block Project
Rex & Jennifer are architects with Block Architects and co-founders of the Block Project, a program to house Seattle’s homeless individuals and families in Block houses, protypical ADUs that a family hosts in their yard. The program aims to both provide housing and build compassion for people experiencing homelessness.

Sam Lai, Green Canopy Homes
Sam is a co-founder of Green Canopy Homes, a homebuilder of townhomes and other dense urban housing forms in Seattle and Portland. All Green Canopy homes are certified Earth Advantage Platinum or Built Green 4 star minimum.  Green Canopy is leading the way in building net-zero projects and incorporating other sustainable features, and is also exploring mixing affordable units into their developments.  Green Canopy is a Certified B-Corp ensuring that the Company tracks and measures rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency through the Green Canopy Mission Metrics.

Mary Li,  Multnomah County
Mary is leading an effort in Multnomah County, Oregon to build ADUs in single-family yards to house families experiencing homelessness. The program envisions the county paying to build the ADUs, the homeowner allowing a homeless family to use the ADU for a specified amount of time, and then taking full ownership of the ADU once the specified period is complete.

Shannon Loew, Founder of FIX and Fellow at the University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies
Shannon is creating a development company to provide turn-key solutions for homeowners who wish to have a backyard cottage on their property with the explicit goal of creating higher density of affordable housing solutions for both homeowner and renter without upsetting the delicate single-family zoning issue. FIX aims to raise the equity, design, build, tenant and operate the cottage for the owner.

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