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At the March 25 City Council meeting, Citrus Heights staff presented information about an exciting new program coming soon: Permit-Ready Accessory Dwelling Units (PRADU). The City’s PRADU program — funded by a grant from the State Department of Housing and Community Development — will provide more than 10 different pre-approved plans for accessory dwellings, also known as granny flats or in-law suites. The available plans will be in three different sizes, including a 496 sq. ft. studio unit, a 599 sq. ft. one bedroom/one bath unit, and a 749 sq. ft. two bedroom/one bath unit.
Providing the PRADU plans to Citrus Heights residents for free saves each applicant an estimated $6,500 in design fees, with additional savings from waived plan review fees. The PRADU program is set to launch this summer. Citrus Heights property owners interested in constructing an ADU can subscribe for program updates here: https://bit.ly/3d0v529.
As the Sacramento region, and California at-large, faces a housing crisis, ADUs provide an option to create new housing on existing properties. With updated requirements, Citrus Heights homeowners are allowed to build an 800 sq. ft. ADU with 4 ft. setbacks and 16 ft. height on most residential lots and in many cases a unit may be up to 1200 sq. ft. These units are often used to house family members, presenting an ideal option for housing elderly parents, adult children or grandchildren, and more. In fact, in the past three years, only two of the ADUs built in Citrus Heights were planned as long-term rentals.
“Those looking to build ADUs on their property will still need funding or financing for building costs,” said Alison Bermudez, Associate Planner for the City. “But our hope is that by providing these plans at no cost, our residents can apply that savings to the rest of their project.”
In Sacramento County, Citrus Heights is currently the only municipality providing free, permit-ready ADU plans to property owners. For more information on the City’s PRADU program, please visit www.CitrusHeights.net/ADUcentral.