By Scott Sherman
Recently, my office teamed up with the San Diego Housing Federation, the Local Incentive Support Coalition (LISC), and the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors (PSAR) to write the “Companion Unit Handbook,” a helpful guide to homeowners to better navigate the process of constructing a companion unit on their property.
Companion units, otherwise known as Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and granny flats are an important tool in fixing San Diego’s housing crisis. These units are uniquely useful in increasing housing in low density residential units.
In a region where average rent is nearly $1,800 a month and the median price of a house is over $500,000, renters are actively seeking alternative options for affordable rent. In addition, homeowners are seeking alternative options to offset the cost of a home mortgage. Companion units provide an immediate solution to the region’s housing supply crisis.
The design and construction of a companion unit is a step-by-step process. Success often depends on preparation and a solid understanding of the process. When considering building or adding a companion unit on a property, the Companion Unit Handbook will help homeowners understand:
- A property’s zoning and issues such as setback and parking
- Companion unit design and construction
- Permitting require-ments
- Supporting documents and resources
Companion units provide a great housing option for many San Diego families. Unfortunately, in the past, the process for permitting approval was cumbersome and difficult. Thanks to the help of the SD Housing Federation, LISC, and PSAR, San Diegans now have a pathway to completion.
To review the Companion Unit Handbook, please visit my website at SanDiego.Gov/CD7 or feel free to contact my office at 619-236-6677 or email at ScottSherman@SanDiego.Gov.
— Scott Sherman represents San Diego City Council District 7.