Cute name, bad idea
by Quality B. Gone
Before City Council on Nov 15, 2005, at 7 pm.
Please contact John Davidson, Senior Planner, with questions about second units. Voice your opinion on them to the San Jose City Councilpeople (especially Ken Yeager) at this council session or by email.
April 6, 2004:
Three big objections to the proposal:
2) NO ENFORCEMENT WILL RE-OPEN NON-CONFORMING UNITS.
3) ONE LOT SIZE DOES NOT FIT ALL.
Planners are hard pressed to show how a second unit can LEGALLY be added to typical homes on 6,000-sq-ft lots... but by including them, they make Code Enforcement much more difficult.
In reality, allowing second units on lots this small will create more problems than they could solve. That is why Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Cupertino all have higher minimum lot sizes for their second unit ordinances (7,000, 9,000 and 10,000 sq. ft. respectively).
Summary #1: if you want to operate an illegal second unit, you will love this proposal. Arcane rules, wide applicability, no enforcement - it's great!
Summary #2: it may be that, for some neighborhoods with larger lot sizes, second units are an asset. Only allow granny units there. Let the rich neighborhoods get richer; don't make the poor neighborhoods get poorer.
Summary #3: our vintage neighborhood voted to oppose the granny unit proposal.
- Ken Eklund
The City's second units web page:
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