Granny Flats: City of San Diego Votes To Waive Fees


Granny Flats:

City of San Diego Votes To Waive Fees 


The City of San Diego is certainly not trying to throw Granny over a cliff. Truth be known the City is doing everything it can to help place Granny in her own Backyard Home.  


San Diego is the first City in the County to officially waive environmental and developmental impact fees along with other front-loaded permit costs which are more in line with what you would expect to pay for the development of an entirely custom site built single family detached home.


These monumental front loaded fees could be as high as $20-40 thousand dollars before even sticking a shovel in the dirt. Some jurisdictions front loaded these fees so ridiculously high that most folks hardly had the money left over to build a dog house let alone a granny flat.


In fact some jurisdictions were squeezing the property/homeowner so tight that they had to abandon the notion of building one altogether; A sad commentary for sure. 


They were demanding dedicated electric, gas and water meters. And lets not forget those dedicated sewer drops. Adding a 400 to a 1200sf backyard home was being treated like it was a new home on a split lot. 


Still, and hard to believe, there are even Cities we won't mention on this thread,
that use it literally as a ruse in order to discourage property/homeowners from even THE LEUCADIAN: 15X36 432sf 1 bedroom, 1 baththinking about an ADU. They cloud your title with a 30 year deed restriction which places a cap on how much ROI you can (rent/lease) make on your investment.


Imagine trying to sell your home only to have to explain to a potential buyer that they will be assuming a deed restriction (lien on their property for what could be years. Fortunately there are not many cities like that. Most jurisdictions are trying to wrap their arms around how they plan adopt/comply and some are still putting up a fuss and trying to see how they can skirt the newlaws.


Fortunately most jurisdictions see the value and the need for property/homeowners to have a streamlined and affordable path for placing backyard homes on their properties.  They are doing everything in their power to make it happen in most cases. However, it's not always the bureauocracies that are the obstical. Yep! It's that ole NIMBY mentality sprouting up as well. So it can become a balancing act for many communities.


However,  let there be no doubt. We are in a housing shortage crisis and we all need to wake up to reality and start dealing with it. 

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Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
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I think it is very wise of San Diego to waive fees on granny flats.  By doing so, they are probably going to make it up by saving on social services for many elderly citizens.

May 07, 2018 08:00 PM #1
Dan Tabit
Keller Williams Bellevue - Sammamish, WA

I wish Seattle would consider this. We have a huge homeless problem and some people are more than willing to have a tiny house on their property. For those willing, it should be made easier. 

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