San Diego Slashes Granny Flat Fees
By Matt Adams
Looking to jump start the production of more affordably priced housing, the San Diego City Council voted to cut fees charged for the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units. More commonly known as ‘granny flats,’ ADU are secondary units that can be added to a parcel with an existing single family home and can be up to 1,200 square feet. Fees can take a big bite out of an ADU budget costing anywhere between $27 thousand and $81 thousand depending on the neighborhood. The reduced fees will range between $8 thousand and $26 thousand. The city has a history of approving only 10 ADUs per year and forecasts a 10 fold increase under the fee relief program.