Small solutions for big problem.
Accessory dwelling units growing in popularity, but how much can they help?
By John King, April 19, 2019, San Francisco Chronicle.
The Bay Area faces no challenge more vexing or vast than the need to create hundreds of thousands of new housing units, at all price levels, in ways that don’t undermine the cultural and environmental traits that make this region so desirable.
The topic inflames local politics and is dissected by think tanks. Newcomers vent from one perspective, longtime residents from another. The crush of high housing prices forces families and young adults to pack up and leave, fraying connections with relatives and friends.
The problem can seem overwhelming. In many ways, it is — every partial remedy faces obstacles of its own.
There’s no better example of this than the complexities that cloud perhaps the least controversial option for creating new homes: putting a new apartment or two in an existing building or backyard.
Planners call them accessory dwelling units — ADUs for short. They’re widely known as granny flats or in-law units, and boosters tout them as a low-profile way to add density and relatively affordable housing to existing neighborhoods. State legislators have made them a priority, as have several Bay Area cities and counties.
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