Per the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California’s housing production is not keeping pace with demand. In the last decade, less than half of the needed housing was built. This lack of housing is impacting affordability with average housing costs in California exceeding the rest of the nation. Beyond traditional market-rate construction, government-subsidized production, and preservation, there are alternative housing models and emerging trends that can contribute to addressing home supply and affordability in California.
One such example is Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) (also referred to as second units, in-law units, or granny flats). In August 2016, the California State Legislature passed AB 2299 and SB 1069, amending sections of the State law regulating second dwelling units, now known as accessory dwelling units. The approved bills were subsequently signed into law by Governor Brown, with the enacted laws taking effect January 1, 2017.
Under the new State law, local jurisdictions must revise their local zoning ordinances to conform to the new “accessory dwelling unit” law; in the meantime, any inconsistent existing local zoning regulations are preempted by State law. Staff, in conjunction with the City Attorney, prepared a draft ordinance for Chapter 23.80 – Second Units of the Municipal Code, bringing it into compliance with the new State law. The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on March 16, 2017, regarding the proposed amendment to the Zoning Code. For additional information please contact Mark Brodeur, Director Community and Economic Development at 831-648-3183 or