Accessory Dwelling Units
California has new laws regarding Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). These laws are intended to make it easier for property owners to create ADUs. The new bills limit public agencies' ability to regulate ADUs and mandate that all local agencies adopt an ADU ordinance consistent with the new provisions by January 1, 2017.
Goldfarb & Lipman has published a Law Alert which provides more details about these new requirements. California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) staff will be issuing a guidance memo. Additional background materials are available on the ABAG website at: http://abag.ca.gov/planning/housing/accessory-dwelling-units.html.