San Jose & Los Altos to host ‘Granny Flats’ panels

Have you been wondering if a ‘granny flat’ is an option for your backyard?

It is no secret that housing affordability continues to be one of the Bay Area’s most pressing concerns. Among the most commonly proposed ideas to help address this crisis are Accessory Dwelling Units, often referred to as ‘granny flats’.

While each city in the region has its own zoning codes regulating these units – also known as ADUs, they are an increasingly popular option for increasing density in already developed areas. Moreover, they are providing homeowners with the opportunity to build designated spaces for extended family members.

Two local cities – San Jose and Los Altos – are hosting workshops for residents to learn more about these units and to hear about the zoning and permitting requirements around them.

State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) has proposed legislation that would streamline the process for building ADUs. That bill is still making its way through the California Legislature.

The event in Los Altos is set for Wednesday, May 15, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Los Altos Youth Center, 1 North San Antonio Road.

To see a list of panelists, and to register for that event, click here.

The event in San Jose, which features Senator Wieckowski on the panel, is scheduled for Friday, May 17, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at 150 E San Fernando Street.

For more details about that event, including a list of panelists and parking information, click here.