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Louisville & Lexington ADU Conference

Conference dates February 1 and 2


A new and flexible housing type has recently been permitted in Kentucky's two largest cities.

Most commonly referred to as the Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU), this housing type is defined as a secondary independent unit on a single-family lot. ADUs are versatile in both form and function, meeting the needs of young professionals, those aging-in-place and everyone in between. Such an opportunity has residents and industry professionals alike asking – How might I make the most of this new housing option?

The Louisville and Lexington ADU Conference will take place on February 1 & 2, with sessions running from 8:30a-12:00p each day. The conference will offer national expertise on areas that are critical to the success of Accessory Dwelling Units as an emerging housing type. Our guest speakers include leading experts on:

  • Local land use regulations
  • Urban design
  • Architectural design and construction
  • Financing
  • Appraisal
  • Real estate

The sessions hosted during this conference will offer valuable information for a range of knowledge levels when it comes to ADUs. One key objective is to provide industry professionals with a primer on how to approach the procedural elements of ADU establishment on a project-level. The other objective is to offer information on how ADUs serve as a vehicle for diverse, attractive, and accessible housing both in form and in the inclusive regulatory changes that they inspire.

Register for this free, virtual conference here. The full conference schedule is now available.


Want a primer before the big event? Read about recently approved regulations relating to ADUs in Kentucky:
For more information on other initiatives and reports relating to code reform:

Session Schedule

Mornings with Planning, February 1, 8:30a-9:30a
ADU Architecture & Construction, February 1, 9:45a-10:45a
ADU Appraisal, February 1, 11:00a-12:00p
ADU Lending, February 2, 8:30a-9:30a
ADU Real Estate, February 2, 9:45a-10:45a
Keynote by Daniel Parolek, February 2, 11:00a-12:00p
Daniel Parolek


Missing Middle Housing: Thinking Big and Building Small to Respond to Today’s Housing Crisis
Sponsored by AARP Kentucky


As the cost of every aspect of delivering housing increases, our household demographics continue to shift, including a higher percentage of senior households and single-person households, and the general demand and need for non-single family housing choices grows, the delivery of Missing Middle has never been more important. Missing Middle Housing are house-scaled buildings with multiple units such as duplexes, fourplexes, cottage courts, and mansion apartments that are needed in every city across the country regardless of size or location. Chris Nelson’s research for “missing middle housing” even states that 60% of all housing built between now and 2040 would need to be Missing Middle Housing to meet the demand. In response, cities, and counties across the country, from big cities like Cincinnati, Ohio to rural counties like Beaufort County, South Carolina and Kaua’i County, Hawaii, are creating planning, policy, and zoning changes to incentivize these housing choices, and developers of both for sale and multifamily housing are innovating to provide attainability and desired choices, but also to differentiate themselves from competitors in their markets.

In this presentation, Daniel Parolek, the architect and planner who created the concept of Missing Middle Housing in 2011, launched, and wrote the highly-lauded book, “Missing Middle Housing: Thinking big and Building Small to respond to Today’s Housing Crisis,” will do a deep dive into what these types. He will examine why they are important and present case studies from cities and developers that demonstrate successful applications of a broad range of Missing Middle types across the country. He will also discuss the role of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) within the Missing Middle Housing conversation, why that is an important initial step, and why cities and developers need to think beyond ADU application to effectively address their housing issues.

Daniel Parolek full bio.


Bryce Jahner on ADU architecture and construction; February 1, 9:45a-10:45a
Abdur Abdul-Malik on appraising ADUs; February 1, 11:00a-12:00p
Milton Manolis on lending for ADUs; February 2, 8:30a-9:30a
Florentine Christian on ADUs and real estate; February 2, 9:45a-10:45a
Daniel Parolek on ADUs and Missing Middle Housing; February 2, 11:00a-12:00p

Special thanks to our event partners

A big thank you to AARP and AARP-Kentucky for their continued support of Accessory Dwelling Units both locally and nationally. AARP has contributed funding, outreach, and other support for a multitude of Lexington's projects relating to ADU education. 

We also want to thank our partners with the Louisville Metro Government for co-hosting this event.