LOS ANGELES – Today, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion authored by Chair Hilda L. Solis, Supervisor to the First District, and Supervisor Kathryn Barger on addressing barriers to build Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) in Los Angeles County.

“As the County’s housing crisis deepens, innovative strategies for creating new housing units are needed as the price for single-family homes in the County reach all-time highs,” said Chair Solis. “ADUs are one option to increase the supply of
housing in communities that are primarily zoned for single-family homes or have little to no vacant land. Currently, there are several remaining barriers that continue to limit the potential of ADUs in the County, including cost of construction, zoning and building permitting, and other factors. Through this motion, we seek to explore options to expedite the construction of ADUs by creating pre-approved template building plans free of charge to our community.”

“In the midst of the growing homelessness crisis, it is imperative that we collaborate with our partners to increase housing options throughout the region,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District. “Today’s motion is a good opportunity to consider the ways we can streamline the existing process and help support the availability of new housing options to address the housing affordability crisis in Los Angeles County.”

The passage of this motion directs the County’s Department of Regional Planning, in consultation with other departments as appropriate, to include an implementation program in the Draft 2021-2029 General Plan Housing Element Update to increase production of ADUs through the development of template ADU plans and other strategies for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. In addition, the motion directs staff to report back in 120 days on the identification of necessary funding for template ADU plans and a review of best practices related to template ADU plan programs implemented in other jurisdictions, including the Standard Plan Programs in the City of Los Angeles and County of San Diego. The motion also directs the Chief Executive’s Office, in coordination with the Departments of Public Works and Regional Planning, to investigate the feasibility of temporarily waiving fees associated with the entitlement and permitting of ADUs for lower income homeowners through 2022, and to report back in 120 days.

To view the full motion, click here.