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In fall 2017, the City Council adopted new regulations for
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) – aka granny flat, in-law quarter, or second
unit – and has seen an increase in the number of permits issued for ADUs. Some property owners stated their ADU will be
used for rental income, while a majority stated the new dwelling will house an
ADUs are a relatively affordable type of construction
because they do not require purchasing land or major new infrastructure such as
sewer and electricity. Some properties
may be able to convert existing space, such as a garage, into a new living unit. ADUs are seen as a way to help address the state’s housing challenges by offering more affordable housing option. For additional information, view the Planning Division's webpage.