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Menlo Park works on 'granny unit' regs

Original post made on Feb 20, 2014

The Menlo Park Planning Commission continued its quest to figure out how to encourage construction of secondary units, also known as "granny units," while simultaneously preventing the proliferation of miniature real estate empires built in one's backyard.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:57 PM

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Posted by Amy Sung, a resident of another community
on Feb 20, 2014 at 12:50 am

Menlo Park really is trying its best to encourage the granny units with a possibility to reduce permit fees, reduce the lot size requirement, redefine what constitutes a kitchen, and on and on.

This might be cool ways for those grown and flown adult children to move back!


Posted by Martin, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 20, 2014 at 12:46 pm

How on earth could it "cost $20,000 just for permits and similar fees"? To say that may be a disincentive is an understatement. Once again, it's only the affluent or still working residents who could even afford to pay those fees on top of building costs. As a retired person, I would welcome the opportunity to have some extra income, but, because of the of those fees, I doubt that there would be any profit for me after paying property taxes and maintenance expenses.

Incidentally, would there be a separate meter for utilities or would that have to be calculated from one utility bill?

Further, I do think it is a legitimate concern that the home owner would not be required to live on the property. Many condo developments limit the number of units that can be rented and for good reason. Absentee landlords don't have the same incentive to choose the best of tenants and to address any problems that arise.


Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Feb 21, 2014 at 1:05 pm

How on earth could it "cost $20,000 just for permits and similar fees"? To say that may be a disincentive is an understatement. Once again, it's only the affluent or still working residents who could even afford to pay those fees on top of building costs. As a retired person, I would welcome the opportunity to have some extra income, but, because of the of those fees, I doubt that there would be any profit for me after paying property taxes and maintenance expenses.
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I don't know how it could possibly cost that much but the fees will effectively shut out all but the affluent and working residents, as you stated. Retirees need not apply.


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