ENCINITAS — A new bill is moving through the California Legislature, which will make construction of “granny flats” easier in Encinitas.
Sen. Pat Bates (R-Laguna Nigel), who represents the 36th District covering Encinitas, Carlsbad, Vista, Oceanside and parts of Orange County, introduced Senate Bill 1226 earlier this year with the city of Encinitas as a sponsor.
As Encinitas struggles to comply with state housing laws, one partial solution stands before the city that won’t require new development: permitting additional dwelling units that already exist.
Called granny flats, in-law units, above-garage studios or backyard cottages, these accessory units face permitting hurdles that often result in illegal rentals.
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