Lawmaker seeks easier, cheaper path to granny flat construction

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A state lawmaker this year is again trying to make it easier and cheaper for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski

The building of accessory dwelling units — also known as granny flats or in-law units — is increasingly considered one of the more sensible ways to address California’s housing shortage.

And while this housing type is cheaper and quicker to build than a single-family home, the excessive fees and regulatory hurdles associated with granny flats remains a serious deterrent to construction.

Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont, who authored successful granny-flat legislation …

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  • Finally great news for homeowners, congrats to this Sen. Bob Wieckowski, D-Fremont. It takes a democrat

  • I hope the bill also removes affordable housing fees so we can better afford to put in affordable housing.

    And removing the cap on square footage, or doubling it, on large parcels, thinking of a parcel over 50 acres, would allow for family size homes. I believe there is at least one county that does not have size limits on second units.