Granny flat
A granny flat/Courtesy

In an effort to increase the supply of low-income housing, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously Monday to waive fees associated with construction of “granny flats.”

Development Impact Fees, Facility Benefit Assessment Fees and General Plan Maintenance Fees for the construction of “companion units” — otherwise known as accessory dwelling units or granny flats — were waived for homeowners who want to build secondary living spaces on their property.

“One of the fastest and least expensive ways we can increase affordable housing in San Diego is to make it easier to build granny flats,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said. “With these new incentives, we’re removing barriers to encourage the construction of new units that San Diegans can actually afford. This will be another tool we’ll use to tackle our housing needs.”

In addition to the waived fees, Faulconer also directed $100,000 to the Public Utilities Department to cover the cost of Water and Sewer Capacity Fees for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2018. He also plans to commit an additional $300,000 in the Fiscal Year 2019 budget to cover the cost for additional fee waivers designed to increase granny flat supply.

“Companion units provide a great housing option in the city that we desperately need and today we have moved one step closer to increasing the number of these units by reducing the burdensome fees,” said Councilmember Scott Sherman.