And better news we could not hear. Granny flats (or SDUs as they used to call them, and now ADUs) have always provided an affordable, high-quality alternative to the normal rental stock in town. It’s also a great way for homeowners to supplement their incomes.
A change in state law made this all possible, simply because everyone’s knows that we need more housing. Naturally then, the City of Burbank went totally ballistic:
Understanding that some of the laws set forth by the state would not gel with Burbank’s neighborhoods, city staff suggested its own set of rules that would still be compatible with state law.
Says who? Burbank used to have granny flats all over the place circa 1940 to 1985 or so. Years ago we used to live in what is still by far the nicest and most affluent part of town, and we could have gone out onto the balcony next to our bedroom and easily hit at least five or six of them with a rock.
Yes, our bedroom had a balcony, so fuck you. We weren’t complaining, and so why the hell are you? You critics’ places aren’t 1/10th as nice as ours was, and so it’s absurd for you to be up in arms about some new SDU down the street. No one complained about them back then, and Burbank was a much nicer town.
They’re all trying to minimize the damage of course. But it won’t work:
The City Council approved a maximum accessory dwelling unit size of 500 square feet, requiring that the square footage of the unit be applied to the property’s floor-to-area ratio, mandating a 5-foot setback from the back and side for detached units, implementing a covenant that requires the owner of the property to live in either the main house or granny flat and establishing no short-term rentals that are 30 days or less.
The owner-occupied rule would be unenforceable in court, btw. And what difference does it make who lives there? Are the Cusumanos being required to live in their own buildings?
So grow up, Burbank. Granny flat are back again. Hooray!
And thank you, you real liberals up in Sacramento. You made all of this possible again … at last!