One Neighbor's View
To North Willow Glen residents:
Here is a letter about granny units I'm sending to each council person.
The future of our neighborhood is truly at stake. It is true that the
same reasons for not accomodating this proposal 20 years ago are no
better now than they were 20 years ago, when we had breathed a sigh
of relief. Feel free to take excerpts at will.
There are plenty of opportunities for someone to re-zone their land
to R-2. I have many years of experience in living next to and near
these 2nd units and they are not a good idea. They slumify a neighborhood.
They invade your backyard privacy worse than a 2-story. They contradict
the recent Monster House regulations by further densifying and impacting
neighborhoods. Strangers can move in and out, thus further de-stabilizing
established neighborhoods. Why are areas around colleges often called
Our streets have already evolved from tree-lined to car-lined streets.
Just drive by and observe any EVENING and attempt to find a parking
space. Older, Narrow-Lot-Width neighborhoods are already severely
impacted just by the current level of density. As just one small,
but frustrating example: on "garbage night" one can hardly fit the
cans on the street amongst all the parked cars. There is no good reason
to exasperate these conditions.
Of all the aspects that a person wants to depend on in their neighborhood,
it is stability. This proposal will destroy that aspect. An honest
person being truthful must say that Code Enforcement is virtually
non-existent in San Jose--just look at the experts' reaction to having
to deal with "proposed new units" when they bring up the fact that
they know that there are thousands of illegal ones already out there!
One will never get to know your neighbors. There is no guarantee
that a future buyer will honor any typically unenforced San Jose restrictions.
They certainly then will not tear down such units; they will become
high-density transient rental units, let's be honest!
This is no answer to the housing shortage, even if it creates 10
units a year, let's be honest. It is like trying to fill Lake Tahoe
with a teaspoon. This is a slap in the face at all of us law-abiding
citizens who have faithfully followed the City codes all these years!
Don't insult us by doing any such thing. Keep the zoning code as it
is, and do not allow 2nd units in the R-1 zones, period.