Among the major topics on Affordable Housing are the lack of an ordinance for “Accessory Dwelling Units” (also called ADUs and”Granny Units”) and one to fully implement the California Density Bonus law. For accessory dwelling units, new state law made existing zoning and development requirements null and void as of mid-January 2017. A revised ordinance to comply with state law has been reviewed by the Design Review Commission and the Planning and Transportation Commission. As proposed, accessory units (attached or detached) would be allowed on lots of 10,000 square feet or greater. Additional changes allow conversions/additions to garages and conversions of existing detached units (pool houses for example) in some circumstances. The staff report with the proposed ordinance changes as of May 9 can be found here. The petition below is circulating that calls for implementing “Granny Units” in a sensible manner.
Use Discretion in approving Granny UnitsRead the petition
Another means to influence city government is to write an email to the City Council at firstname.lastname@example.org. Specific language can be “I support the ADU petition calling for implementing ADUs with discretion and with common sense setbacks and urge you not to support converting existing accessory structures like pool houses and sheds that have virtually no setbacks. I urge the council to keep detached ADU’s on parcels of at least 12,000 square feet or more to prevent high density in our neighborhoods.”