Supporting ADUs at Berkeley City Council Meeting April 30, 2013

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 New Avenue is going to be attending the City of Berkeley’s council meeting next week on April 30, 2013, to voice support for making it easier to develop and permit accessory dwelling units (ADUs). We are looking for a couple of people to join us at this event and speak about how this would help them. If you are interested, please contact us at


From Councilmember Linda Maio’s council consent item:

ADUs (i.e., backyard cottages or second units) enable communities to grow internally as opposed to externally, providing more housing and a diversity of housing options without consuming any additional green space. Second units can help limit suburban sprawl, accommodate the demand for new homes (including much needed senior housing and those caring for current senior residents) and bring financial and environmental sustainability to families. ADUs provide an affordable opportunity to families of several generations to live close to one another.

Currently, aspects of Berkeley’s Municipal Code may be creating barriers to more widespread adoption of ADUs within city limits. Reasonable modification to city code may be able to eliminate these barriers and improve permitting times to allow for more ADUs to be built where they are needed in Berkeley. By supporting second units, the City of Berkeley can become a national example for this sustainable housing type.

Read what the proposed code modifications are from the consent item: Reducing Barriers to the Development of Residential Accessory Dwelling Units

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