Groups voice opposition to ADU rules

By Dave Schwab, SDCNN : missiontimescourier – excerpt

The contention that Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) will alleviate the housing affordability crisis is disputed by opponents who argue pending legislation to make them easier to build will lead instead to unwanted densification and degradation in single-family neighborhoods.

State Sen. Pro Tem Toni Atkins and San Diego Council members Joe LaCava from District 1 and Sean Elo-Rivera from District 9 claimed at a July 29 Zoom Webinar that ADUs are one viable way to accommodate growth.

Otherwise known as granny flats, companion units, cottages, or casitas, ADUs are defined as a second rentable unit that a homeowner can build on their lot.

Two pending state bills, SB 9 by Senate Leader Toni Atkins (D-San Diego), and SB 10 by Sen. Scott Wiener (D-San Francisco), seek to streamline the statewide approval process for ADUs…

There are at least two groups actively opposing state legislation seeking to make it easier to build ADUs in single-family neighborhoods.

Livable California is a nonprofit advocating for empowerment of local governments to foster equitable, livable communities and truly affordable housing. The group endorses the “Californians for Community Planning Initiative,

That initiative seeks to: Support housing as a basic right; fight for truly affordable housing; assure self-determination of local government; preserve quality of life in communities; achieve smart and balanced growth; and protect home ownership.

Another group, Neighbors For a Better San Diego (NFABSD), recently released a white paper analysis of San Diego’s ADU affordability incentives, which concluded that “ADUs won’t provide affordable housing. San Diego’s ADU affordability incentives miss the mark on affordable housing, primarily because so-called ‘affordable’ rent levels are comparable to market rates. Further, returns on investment to developers are particularly biased against building the two-plus bedroom units that are needed by low- and middle-income families, contrary to the city’s inclusionary housing goals.” The full report is at…(more)

Now that the state legislature has passed these bills to the Governor to sign, the only way to stop them is to follow the actions outlined here:

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