Five year program waives permit and development fees

SAN DIEGO (KUSI)- San Diego County supervisors are addressing the need for more affordable housing, which includes a lack of inventory.

Very much a part of the conversation on making home ownership more affordable, locally and state-wide, it’s called after all, the “California” Housing Crisis, is making it easier and less costly to build small dwellings, including granny flats on properties with existing homes.

The issue has been government fees, fees that have been nearly equal to the cost of construction, which brings us to County Supervisors.

They’ve just voted to waive the County’s permit and development impact fees for such dwellings in unincorporated areas over the next five years.  We’re told the program could result in thousands of additional homes.  What’s more granny flats are the quickest and easiest way to increase housing supply.

Shahrzad Ghaemmaghami, co-owner of Ritz Design.Build, calls the action a game-changer: “It’s a huge deal because in the past, families couldn’t afford it because the fees where $30,000 to $40,000. And it was difficult because of so many rules and regulations.”

Ghaemmaghami should know because 50 per cent of her business is now granny flats.  The City of San Diego drastically reduced such fees in May of last year. She told KUSI the fees are much closer to $10,000 to $15,000 now.

Then there’s the human aspect. The larger story is increasing inventory, but very much included is the aspect of keeping families together and peace of mind for people who also may be caregivers.

To cover the loss of the fees, the county is subsidizing the program to the tune of $11M over the next five years.


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