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Menlo Park: Second housing plan update takes shape

Original post made on Nov 27, 2013

Menlo Park is deep into a housing plan update for the second time in as many years, this time to develop a framework for housing for 2014 through 2022 in compliance with state law.

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Posted by Anonymous, a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Nov 27, 2013 at 12:46 pm

At this point the city is focusing on modifying the new granny unit ordinance to specify how owners can legally convert accessory buildings into secondary units, including prohibiting living areas without an increased setback and to limit plumbing fixtures within accessory buildings. The goal, according to the staff report, is to make the conversion of an accessory structure into a living unit more difficult, which could in turn encourage the construction of legal granny units from the outset.>>

If you INCREASE allowable setbacks, there will be no accessory buildings converted to second units at all, at least not legally. Why make it more difficult? Conversions should be assessed on a case by case basis as no two are alike. I looked into converting an accessory building into a living unit a few months ago. The fees are STAGGERING. Roughly $17,000 in fees before the first nail goes in. This is simply unaffordable.