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!
Remember the California housing crisis? Judge rules that SB 35 bars the City of Los Altos from rejecting controversial project
It may now seem like a lifetime ago given the ubiquity and enormity of the COVID-19 pandemic and its impacts on our everyday lives, but it has actually only been a few months since California’s chronic and acute shortage of housing had been monopolizing our attention. While we shelter in place and try to imagine what the world will look like after things get back to “normal,” … [Read more...] about Remember the California housing crisis? Judge rules that SB 35 bars the City of Los Altos from rejecting controversial project
California goes all in to limit local opposition to ADUs
Entering a new decade, California is primed to implement several bills signed into law at the end of 2019 that seem poised to turbocharge the trend of making accessory dwelling units (“ADUs”) less expensive, easier to get approved, and much more common in the Golden State. Despite these salutary efforts, however, obstacles to the successful implementation of these laws still … [Read more...] about California goes all in to limit local opposition to ADUs
Housing crisis-inspired policy goals now at loggerheads in Palo Alto
Once again, the chronic and acute shortage of housing in California takes center stage in this week’s blog, as has happened so many times over the past several years. This time, the spotlight is on Palo Alto, whose debates over development have also previously been featured here. The controversy at hand involves the tension between the development of additional market rate … [Read more...] about Housing crisis-inspired policy goals now at loggerheads in Palo Alto