From NIMBY to CHIMBY: Cottage Home In My Backyard - An Upward Trend in Downsizing

  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
  • 5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
  • City of Clovis Council Chamber/Old Town Clovis
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  • AEP Member
  • Registrants who are not AEP Members
  • Presenters or Staff in Attendance

Itinerary: 5:30 PM - City of Clovis Council Chamber 1033 Fifth Street, Clovis, CA 93612

Tour: 5:45 PM

Happy Hour: 6:30 PM - House of JuJu (565 Pollasky Avenue)

In an effort to encourage infill residential development in the Old Town area, and understanding the hurdles often associated with the permit process, the City of Clovis has developed several “Cottage Home” plans that may be utilized on properties with alley access. These accessory dwelling unit (ADU) home plans (of approximately 400 square feet of livable space) are intended to orient onto alleys and provide for a unique pedestrian street environment while revitalizing the alleys and creating more housing in the City.

Come join us as we take ride on the Clovis Old Town Trolley with Clovis planning staff as they lead you on a tour highlighting examples of the three plans Clovis offers under the National APA Award-Winning Cottage Home Program free of charge to homeowners who meet the requirements for a cottage home, as well as reflect on some of the successes and challenges of the program.

The event will begin promptly at the City of Clovis Council Chamber (1033 Fifth Street) at 5:30 pm with a short introduction to the cottage home program, followed by an approximately 30 to 45 minute tour showcasing some cottage homes.

Once the tour is complete, there is an optional happy hour at House of JuJu (565 Pollasky Ave)  in Old Town Clovis, where you will be provided a complimentary drink ticket, appetizers and the opportunity to mingle with some colleagues and friends. 

Due to the capacity of the trolley, this event is limited strictly to 25 participants, so be sure to sign up fast!

About our Speakers:

Dwight Kroll, AICP, Director of Planning and Development Services, City of Clovis,

Dwight Kroll is the Director of Planning and Development Services for the City of Clovis and visionary behind the Cottage Home Program. Dwight received a BS in City and Regional Planning from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has worked for the City of Clovis for over 37 years. Mr. Kroll is the visionary behind the cottage home program.

Maria Spera, Planning Technician II, City of Clovis,

Maria Spera has been with the City of Clovis Planning Division for two years. She joined the city with a background in graphic design and received a BA in Visual Communications from the University of California, Davis. Maria has been the coordinator for the Cottage Home Program since its launch in August 2017.

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