Senator Wieckowski and Councilmember Cedillo highlight ADU bill enactment

Passage of SB 1069 reduces barriers to building ADUs in California

January 30, 2017

Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo and Senator Bob Wieckowski highlighted the passage and enactment of SB 1069—Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) today at a press conference in City Hall. The most extensive bill on accessory dwelling units to be signed in almost 15 years, SB 1069 reduces significant barriers to building ADUs, often referred to as granny flats, helping to alleviate the housing crisis that exists statewide.

SB 1069 eases regulatory burdens by eliminating excessive sprinkler requirements, providing several exceptions to parking restrictions, requiring ministerial approval for conversion of an existing structure to an ADU, reducing or eliminating water and sewage hook-up fees,  and increasing the maximum size of an ADU. 

“Removing the most egregious obstacles to building accessory dwelling units will help to increase the supply of affordable housing and allow more people to remain in the communities they call home,” said Senator Bob Wieckowski, author of SB 1069 and a member of the Senate’s Transportation and Housing Committee.  “It returns more power to the homeowners and will lead to more housing, more jobs and shorter commutes.”

“We are in a Housing Crisis in California, and it is especially felt in Los Angeles,” stated Housing Committee Chair Councilmember Cedillo. “I’d like to thank the leadership of Senator Wieckowski and Governor Brown for passing SB 1069, which will provide us the much needed relief to approve ADUs in Los Angeles and increase our housing supply.”

The new law is strongly supported by the Bay Area Council, which testified in support of SB 1069 as the bill was moving through the Legislature.

“The Bay Area Council was proud to serve as principal sponsor of SB 1069 and we thank State Senator Bob Wieckowski for his leadership in authoring this important legislation and Los Angeles City Councilmember Gil Cedillo for his great support,” said Jim Wunderman, President and CEO of the Bay Area Council. “By making it faster, easier and less expensive for homeowners to build accessory dwelling units, SB 1069 could add hundreds of thousands of badly needed affordable housing units statewide. California's housing shortage has reached crisis levels, denying future generations a chance to live here, threatening to undermine our economic competitiveness and contributing to our nation-leading poverty rate. Streamlining housing regulations gives California the best chance to solve our housing shortage at the scale necessary.”

“The Department of Housing and Community Development supports localities as they implement this new law because we know it will help provide safe, secure and affordable housing for Californians,” said Paul McDougall, housing policy manager with the state Department of Housing and Community Development. 

Senator Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and northeast Santa Clara County. He chairs the Environmental Quality Committee and Budget Subcommittee 2 on Resources, Environmental Protection, Energy and Transportation.  He is also a member of the Senate committees on Judiciary; Budget and Fiscal Review; Transportation and Housing; and Ethics.          

Councilmember Gil Cedillo currently represents the 1st Council District, which includes all or  parts of the neighborhoods of Glassell Park, Cypress Park, Highland Park, Mt. Washington,  Solano Canyon, Sycamore Grove, Elysian Park, Echo Park, Westlake, Angelino Heights, Temple  Beaudry, Lafayette Park, Chinatown, Forgotten Edge, Lincoln Heights, Montecito Heights, Pico  Union, Adams-Normandie, University Park, Mid Cities and Mac Arthur Park. For more information, please visit www.GilCedillo.com.

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