SLO to waive fees for granny units if kept affordable for 55 years

The San Luis Obispo City Council voted unanimously to waive citywide fees for granny units where the owner is willing to agree to deed restrictions guaranteeing it’s affordable for 55 years.

The issue developed when Lorraine Bailey, a 79-year-old disabled polio survivor, was originally told she would have to pay $21,000 in citywide fees to build a 450-square foot studio behind her current home. She plans to live in the studio and rent out the larger house to support herself to live independently.

Bailey was willing to agree to the deed restrictions, but city rules until the council’s Tuesday only allowed the fee waivers for developments of five or more residences. .

With Tuesday’s action, the City Council extended the fee waivers to all units, including granny units where only one new residence is constructed. The new units, however, still have to fit all of the city’s planning rules.

--Sally Connell

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