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Accessory Dwelling Units

The City of Redwood City is seeking feedback on what works/what doesn’t work with the current rules about Accessory Dwelling Units, and ideas on introducing design flexibility in the rules while respecting neighborhood character.  Please join us and be a part of the solution!  This webpage will be updated throughout the process, so be sure to check back regularly.

Upcoming Events:

Tuesday, September 2, 2014 7:00 PM
Planning Commission Study Session
Location:  City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA  94063
Agenda
Planning Commission Staff Report (with attachments)
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If you cannot attend the meeting in person, it will be televised (Astound channel 26/Comcast channel 27), and streamed online.

Previous Meetings:

Tuesday July 1, 2014 7:00 PM
Planning Commission Study Session
Location: City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
Planning Commission Staff Report
Attachment 1:  How ADUs Function Over Time
Attachment 2:  Current ADU Ordinance
Planning Commission Minutes

Wednesday, July 9, 2014 7:00 PM
Community Outreach Workshop
Location: City Council Chambers
1017 Middlefield Rd, Redwood City, CA 94063
Display Boards
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If you are using Twitter, be sure to tag the City of Redwood City, followed by the hashtag, like this:  @RedwoodCity #RWCcottage



What is an Accessory Dwelling Unit?
An Accessory Dwelling Unit (aka secondary unit, in-law unit, granny flat, backyard cottage) is a smaller living unit on a property that has a single-family residence. It is complete with its own kitchen and bathroom facilities. Under the current ordinance, an ADU may be attached or detached from the main house, consist of no more than 1 bedroom and 640 square feet, and be located at least 20 feet from the rear and 6 feet from the side property lines. Plus, 1 uncovered parking space is required for the ADU and 2 covered parking spaces are required for the main house (all of which may be located as close to 20 feet from the front and 6 feet from the side property lines). If attached, an ADU may be 2-stories. If detached, an ADU is limited to 1-story.

Check out this great video:

 

General Resources on Accessory Dwelling Units:
Below are some resources to help you get started on your journey to learning more about Accessory Dwelling Units.  Please note that this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, and that there are thousands of resources that could be found online.

 

Cities That Have Recently Modified Rules Regarding Accessory Dwelling Units:



Examples of Amnesty Programs for Illegal Accessory Dwelling Units:

 

In the News:

 

Contact:

Michelle Littlefield
Associate Planner
(650) 780-7238
mlittlefield@redwoodcity.org

 

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