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December 27, 2016 > State releases new guidelines on dwelling units

State releases new guidelines on dwelling units

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released guidelines, on December 16, to assist cities with the implementation of new laws, including SB 1069 by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), that reduce barriers to building accessory dwelling units(ADUs) to increase the supply of lower-cost housing in the state.

ÒThese guidelines will help cities implement this important new law so that we can finally eliminate the unnecessary burden on homeowners who want to construct an ADU on their property,Ó said Wieckowski, a member of the SenateÕs Transportation and Housing Committee. ÒWe have a severe housing crisis and studies have shown increasing the supply of ADUs will be beneficial for students, retirees, and others looking to avoid being priced out of their communities. For too long, exorbitant fees and overly strict requirements have frustrated homeowners.Ó

The HCD memo describes ADUs as a Òunique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs and provide affordable housing options for family members, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, the disabled, and others. Further, ADUs offer an opportunity to maximize and integrate housing choices within existing neighborhoods.Ó Details can be found at:

A huge coalition supported SB 1069, including the Bay Area Council, AARP, the California Housing Consortium, the California Teachers Association, SV@Home, Housing Trust Silicon Valley, Eden Housing, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and the Planning and Conservation League, among several others.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County.

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