CHAIRWOMAN DIANNE JACOB

SUPERVISOR JIM DESMOND

San Diego County Board of Supervisors

Contacts:         Steve Schmidt, 619-206-9108, steve.schmidt@sdcounty.ca.gov

                        Anita Lightfoot, 619-531-4709, anita.lightfoot@sdcounty.ca.gov

­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­NEWS RELEASE

1/9/19

NEW COUNTY INITIATIVE ENCOURAGES ‘GRANNY FLATS’

 

The Board of Supervisors on Wednesday launched a program to encourage the development of granny flats and other small dwellings as part of a broader county effort to address the region’s housing shortage.

The board voted to waive county permit and development impact fees over the next five years for property owners wishing to build granny flats on lots with existing homes. The units can be used for family members or rented out as a source of income for the homeowner.

The program could result in thousands of additional homes within the county’s unincorporated areas, a region largely represented by District 2 Supervisor Dianne Jacob and District 5 Supervisor Jim Desmond.

“This is a critical step in our on-going efforts to address the region’s housing crisis, especially the serious need for affordable housing,” said Jacob, the board chairwoman. “This new program is the quickest and easiest way for us to expedite the development of housing.”

To cover the loss of fees, the county will subsidize the program to the tune of $11 million over the 5-year period.

“There is no single solution to the regional housing shortage, but an average savings of $14,000 for an accessory home will raise property values and offer more affordable places to live,” said Supervisor Desmond. “We will continue to be creative and challenge the status quo to solve the region’s housing crisis.”

The additional homes are allowed under the county’s General Plan, which guides development in Alpine, Julian, Fallbrook, Lakeside, Valley Center and all other unincorporated communities.