08 Sep Changes in ADU policies achieved in Oakland
As a result of the enormous efforts of Californians for Homeownership, a non profit organization sponsored by the California Association of Realtors, the city of Oakland has changed its policies towards the development of accessory dwelling units.
These changes will allow Oakland homeowners to develop larger units, up 1200 square feet, ADU’s will now be allowed on lots where the City had previously not permitted building such as small lot developments and alongside duplexes and multifamily buildings.
Dave Walsh, President of C.A.R. states, “Accessory dwellings units are critical for
addressing California’s affordable housing crisis. That’s why
C.A.R. has long supported state legislation easing ADU
development and why Californians for homeownership has worked hard to ensure that every California property owner can take advantage of the expanded housing creation opportunities allowed by these laws.”
California ranks 49th out of 50 states in the number of housing units per capita and has
a housing deficit of 2-3.5 million homes. The pandemic has heightened the need for affordable housing and has put a spotlight on the number of Californians who are forced to live in overcrowded housing units due to the state’s inadequate supply.
According to Californians for Homeownership, the state needs to build homes quicker and at a lower cost than traditional ground up housing allows. ADU’s are cost-effective and minimize impacts to surrounding communities.
It’s a very positive step that Californians for Homeownership is leaning on cities like
Oakland to amend their policies and promote building of ADU’s.