Santee Eases Rules for Accessory Dwelling Units

By Matt Adams
Taking aim at the housing crisis, the Santee City Council voted to waive development impact fees for Accessory Dwelling units for the next five years. ADU, or granny flats, are looked upon by a growing number of jurisdictions as an important tool to produce housing in the midst of a major statewide shortage. The DIFs were seen as a significant impediment to ADU construction costing tens of thousands of dollars. The move comes after a July public workshop where there was consensus to waive the fees on a trial basis to see if it stimulates more production.  Pending a final vote, the waiver period begins on September 27th.