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California State Department of Housing and Community Development orders Palo Alto to revise its rules on accessory dwelling units

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Welcome to Palo Alto, home to some of the most expensive real estate in the country. If you’re looking for a place to call home, you’ll find that prices here are well out of reach for the average person. But don’t despair – even in a city as pricey as this one, there are ways to find affordable housing. One option is an accessory dwelling unit (ADU), which is a small housing unit that can be attached to or separate from a primary residence.

Earlier this year, Palo Alto passed new regulations governing ADUs. But now, the California Department of Housing and Community Development has determined that these rules are too restrictive and run afoul of state regulations. As a result, Palo Alto will have to revise its new laws.

The Department’s ruling is a setback for the city, which has been working for years to increase the availability of affordable housing. But it’s also good news for people who are looking for a way to afford to live in Palo Alto. The revised rules will likely be less restrictive, making it easier to build ADUs.

So if you’re thinking about moving to Palo Alto, keep an eye on this space. We’ll update you as soon as the new regulations are announced. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our local realtors. They would be happy to help you find your dream home in this amazing city.

Palo Alto is one of just 13 cities or counties in California that have received “review letters” from the state department notifying them that they need to revise their ADU plans. Atherton, Santa Cruz, and Pittsburg are the only other Bay Area municipalities that have received such warnings.

This development is a setback for Palo Alto, which has been working for years to increase the availability of affordable housing. But it’s also good news for people who are looking for a way to afford to live in Palo Alto. The revised rules will likely be less restrictive, making it easier to build ADUs.

So if you’re thinking about moving to Palo Alto, keep an eye on this space. We’ll update you as soon as the new regulations are announced. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our local realtors. They would be happy to help you find your dream home in this amazing city.

Aria Vatankhah
Founder of Milad Real Estate
Real Estate Broker/Attorney at Law.
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