Last summer, the San Diego City Council loosened regulations on “granny flat” additions or accessory dwelling units (ADUs). The move makes it cheaper and easier for homeowners to build on to their existing residential properties.
As one solution to San Diego’s ongoing housing crisis, regulations continue to ease with additional fees associated with ADU construction waived by the council in April. Furthermore, Mayor Faulconer directed $100,000 to cover the cost of Water and Sewer Capacity Fees for the remainder of 2018. He plans to commit $300,000 more in next year’s budget for additional fee waivers.
Granny flats, mother-in-law or guest quarters, companion units or casitas – whatever you call them – align with the city’s goal of fostering “smart growth.” That’s where new housing built along transportation corridors and existing neighborhoods is encouraged in order to absorb more density. These types of homes are typically sought out by recent college graduates, low-income workers and individuals such as senior citizens who are on a fixed income.
City officials are even creating easy-to-use instruction manuals that will provide pre-approved floor plans and details in compliance with the county’s Accessory Dwelling Unit codes as put forth by the Planning & Development Services’ Zoning Division.