ADUs Get EasierMarch 3, 2010
Two City Council actions this week will make building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs – aka “Granny Flats”) much easier.
Today City Council voted to waive system development charges (SDCs) for ADUs for the next three years. They received testimony that SDCs can be up to 20-25% of the cost of an ADU project.
Tomorrow Council will (I hope) finalize the RICAP 5 project which includes increasing the maximum size of ADUs from 33% of the size main dwelling to up to 75% of the size the main dwelling (an overall maximum of 800 sq. ft. still remains, so this means that smaller houses can now get ADUs).
I hope this will raise the number of ADUs being built annually from about two dozen (at least those that are legally permitted) to a considerably higher number. In my view ADUs are a very good thing because:
- They create affordable housing
- They leverage existing urban infrastructure to increase density with very little community impact
- They help homeowners pay their mortgage