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.

2 Comments on "San Jose & Los Altos to host ‘Granny Flats’ panels"

  1. Christopher | May 15, 2019 at 3:41 pm | Reply

    I think a granny flat could be really helpful to know about with San Jose CA code on billding. I think that if my personal opinion is saving money on our kids behalf plus making a little money from my choice to have rented to family with also an update on higher property value could really help our city thanks ?

  2. The above mentioned does not remove DEED RESTRICTIONS on ADUs. Many cities like mine (Sunnyvale, CA) have onerous deed restrictions that make it unrealistic for home owners to place ADUs on their property. They require that you live on the property (ADU or house) forever. I will not add an ADU with that kind of restriction. Many others in my community will not build an ADU with that restriction. What happens if I get a job for a couple years in another part of the state? What happens if my daughter in NY has a baby and we want to relocate for a couple years.

    This kind of deed restriction is ill conceived. City council members in Sunnyvale are not looking out for the best interests of the community or the state.

    John Hausler

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