We’re not going to repeat our admiration for SDUs as a potential source of quality affordable housing in Burbank, nor provide any more proof that this town was once chock full of granny flats in even its nicest and most affluent neighborhoods. It all goes without saying.
Three things Burbank did last night:
— The council foolishly admitted that they don’t like granny flats by enshrining into local law a complete prohibition on them in their always favored Rancho neighborhood,
— By doing so, City Attorney Albano was tacitly admitting that whomever cooked up the current rules didn’t correctly ban them in R1-H in the past by using the proper language; and,
— Emily Gabel-Luddy showed that she doesn’t give a damn about how bad or inconsistent she looks when it comes to dealing with personal economic conflicts of interests in her own neighborhood.
Last year the California Legislature deeply liberalized state law when it comes to encouraging the development and acceptance of granny flats in residential neighborhoods. Last night the Burbank City Council went out of its way to try to illegally circumvent the intent and purpose of this mandated liberalization by changing their zoning rules to actually outlaw them in a large section of town.
You can’t do that with this new state law. If some future Rancho resident ever challenges Burbank in court over this blanket prohibition, Burbank’s gonna lose. They’re also on the completely wrong moral and practical side of the issue here. Granny flats are a very good thing, and that’s why the state’s actively promoting them in Code.
Awkward Burbank. They always get it wrong, and they always pull shit in doing so.