PALO ALTO (KCBS) – More affordable housing may be on the horizon for Palo Alto, as the City Council will consider new recommendations after the first of the new year.READ MORE: San Jose Stoners Find Ways To Celebrate 4/20, Pandemic-Style
The Palo Alto Planning and Transportation Commission is supporting Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), more commonly known as in-law or granny units.
The state recently passed legislation doing away with some permits and fees for such housing, and Palo Alto looks to go a step further.
“That we do incorporate these junior accessory dwelling units as part of our local program,” Assistant Director of Planning Jonathan Lait told KCBS.
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Lait said there are benefits beyond supplemental income for owners.
“Giving an opportunity for people to age in place. It creates an opportunity for multi-generational housing, creating a space for returning graduates or children with special needs,” Lait explained.
Lot size requirements would be eased so that granny units can be built on standard-sized lots.
“We do see that there will be more opportunities to participate in the program. How many more? We don’t know,” Lait said.MORE NEWS: Plan To Let CA Politicians See Names On Recall Petitions Won't Move Forward
The city will also explore underground parking, where elevator lifts could house cars underneath residents’ properties.