Cedillo and Senator Wieckowski Highlight ADU Bill Enactment

Cedillo and Senator Wieckowski Highlight ADU Bill Enactment

January 30, 2017

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Cedillo and Senator Wieckowski Highlight ADU Bill Enactment
Passage of SB 1069 reduces barriers to building ADUs in California

Los Angeles–Councilmember Gil Cedillo welcomed Senator Bob Wieckowski to Los Angeles to highlight the passage and enactment of SB 1069—Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The most extensive bill on accessory dwelling units to be signed in almost 15 years, SB 1069 reduces significant barriers to building ADUs, often referred to as granny flats, helping to alleviate the housing crisis that exists statewide.

SB 1069 eases regulatory burdens by eliminating excessive sprinkler requirements, providing several exceptions to parking restrictions, requiring ministerial approval for conversion of an existing structure to an ADU, reducing or eliminating water and sewage hook-up fees, and increasing the maximum size of an ADU.

“We are in a Housing Crisis in California, and it is especially felt in Los Angeles,” stated Housing Committee Chair Councilmember Cedillo. “I’d like to thank the leadership of Senator Wieckowski and Governor Brown for passing SB1069, which will provide us the much needed relief to approve ADU’s in Los Angeles and increase our housing supply,” added Cedillo.

“Removing the most egregious obstacles to building accessory dwelling units will help to increase the supply of affordable housing and allow more people to remain in the communities they call home,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski, author of SB 1069 and a member of the Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee. “It returns more power to the homeowners and will lead to more housing, more jobs and shorter commutes.”

“The Department of Housing and Community Development supports localities as they implement this new law because we know it will help provide safe, secure and affordable housing for Californians,” said Paul McDougall, housing policy manager with the state Department of Housing and Community Development.

The Planning and Zoning Law authorizes the legislative body of a city or county to regulate, among other things, the intensity of land use, and also authorizes a local agency to provide by ordinance for the creation of 2nd units in single-family and multifamily residential zones, as specified. That law makes findings and declarations with respect to the value of 2nd units to California’s housing supply.

AB1069 prohibits the imposition of parking standards under specified circumstances. The bill also revises requirements for the approval or disapproval of an accessory dwelling unit application when a local agency has not adopted an ordinance. The bill also requires the ministerial approval of an application for a building permit to create one accessory dwelling unit within the existing space of a single-family residence or accessory structure, as specified. The bill prohibits a local agency from requiring an applicant for this permit to install a new or separate utility connection directly between the unit and the utility or imposing a related connection fee or capacity charge. The bill authorizes a local agency to impose this requirement for other accessory dwelling units as well.

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County. He chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation. He is also a member of the Senate committees on Judiciary; Budget and Fiscal Review; Transportation and Housing; and Ethics.

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington, Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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