From Mary Ella Anderson’s continuing coverage of the Housing Element. Continued gratitude Mary Ella!
Heads up! Hum CPR and the Realtor/Contractor interests are expected to push for a reinstatement of second units in rural areas as a solution to providing low income housing. This is a thoroughly discredited idea and one that will sink the Housing Element and leave the county in limbo. The public hearing for what should be the final approval of the HE before it goes off to the State HCD is scheduled for the afternoon session tomorrow, Tuesday, May 13.
Also, at the break room today I discovered a late April edition of the Redwood Times with some good reporting from Virginia Graziani on the Housing Element. Much of this Mary Ella wrote about last week after the 5/5 BOS meeting on the Housing Element, but I did find this reporting interesting…
“A policy establishing incentives to landowners who build small second units on their properties was put off until the next hearing on Monday, May 5, to give planning staff more time to clarify the incentives.
A small second unit is defined as either no more than half the size of the primary residence or 800 square feet, whichever is less. Incentives in the provision include reducing parking requirements to one space, allowing the unit to be placed more than 30 feet from the primary residence, not requiring a “subordinate” access to the second unit, and exemption from solar shading restrictions.
As written, the landowner would be able to take any one, or several, or all of the incentives unless the lot size makes this impossible. ”
As always with Virginia Graziani’s writings – highly recommended so please check out the link.
(Forgive me Mary Ella if I over editorialized your comment with the title. Let me know, I will change it.)