Skinner’s SB 1469 to Encourage Accessory Dwelling Units Clears Key Committees

April 25, 2018

Skinner’s SB 1469 to Encourage Accessory Dwelling Units Clears Key Committees

SB 1469, “Let Thousands of Homes Bloom”, by State Senator Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) was passed by the California State Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on Tuesday and by the State Senate Government and Finance committee this afternoon. The bill now goes to Senate Appropriations. SB 1469 promotes the creation of accessory dwelling units, such as backyard cottages and “granny flats” by further easing local regulations and fees that remain obstacles to such housing options.

“California’s housing crisis is severe; fortunately, part of the solution is sitting in our own homes and backyards,” said Senator Skinner. “Many homeowners are excited to create a new small home in or on their property, and SB 1469 cuts some of the red tape and expensive fees."

Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) not only relieve pressure on the housing market, they also provide more diverse housing options for all life stages. Building smaller homes on the same property as a main house can accommodate anything from a young family helping pay their mortgage by renting to a student, to empty-nesters looking to downsize and move their kids and grandkids into the main house.

While recent legislation has eased the process for homeowners to create ADUs and JADUs, SB 1469 addresses barriers that have persisted. SB 1469 would allow ADUs in multifamily buildings, offer additional fee relief for constructing ADUs, further increase flexibility for parking and establish clear, consistent building standards for ADUs/JADUs. Removing existing barriers could encourage more California homeowners to create second units.

“Whether housing a family member or helping a homeowner make ends meet, ADUs and JADUs are a ‘grassroots’ effort to alleviate California’s housing crisis,” said Skinner.

Senator Nancy Skinner (@NancySkinnerCA) represents the 9th Senate District. She serves as Chair of the Senate Public Safety Committee and the Budget Subcommittee on Corrections, Public Safety and the Judiciary.