California law governing ADUs has been revised pursuant to two new “clean up measures”, SB 897 and AB 2221, which went into effect January 1, 2023. These new laws clarify and correct several different unforeseen barriers to the approval and construction of ADUs that had surfaced after the adoption of previous ADU legislation by the state. These revisions will require local … [Read more...] about 2023 update of California ADU laws
My own ADU project!
As you may know, accessory dwelling units (“ADUs”) have been an interest of mine here for several years as one of the many ways that the California legislature has tried to address our housing shortage. For those of you who are not familiar with this subject, ADUs, which were formerly known under California law as “secondary units”, and which are also known as "granny flats" … [Read more...] about My own ADU project!
ND’s Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate brings fresh vitality to housing issues
Last October, I had the privilege of attending the Real Estate Fall Gathering and Coppola Family Speaker Series, presented by the Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate (“FIRE”) at my alma mater, the University of Notre Dame. FIRE was established in 2019 to educate and inspire the next generation of real estate professionals at Notre Dame to “create places of lasting value” … [Read more...] about ND’s Fitzgerald Institute for Real Estate brings fresh vitality to housing issues
Mountain View and Los Altos Hills targeted for “builder’s remedy” projects
Over the last several years, a plethora of legislation has been adopted in Sacramento with the intention of spurring housing development in California in response to our housing crisis, with a number of these laws being previously noted in this blog. Hand in hand with these efforts, the Association of Bay Area Governments (“ABAG”), a regional planning agency, has set housing … [Read more...] about Mountain View and Los Altos Hills targeted for “builder’s remedy” projects
Protracted legal odyssey ends in victory for Lafayette housing development
A twelve-year saga of pitched battles between housing advocates, developers and an obdurate NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) assemblage was finally resolved last month by California’s First District Court of Appeal. In a victory for California housing proponents, the City of Lafayette’s approval of the 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette project has been upheld against the challenges … [Read more...] about Protracted legal odyssey ends in victory for Lafayette housing development