Bud Emerson | Klish Way
NIMBY Del Mar is now YIMBY Del Mar, YES IN MY BACKYARD, more granny flats. City Council has now enacted a new ordinance required by state law that removes almost all obstacles to building them, officially known as Accessory Development Units (ADU), on existing lots. These ADUs will not be subject to design review or floor area limitations, although they are subject to a height limit of 16 feet. Hopefully we can build informal systems to encourage neighbor to neighbor consultation though to lessen deleterious impacts on neighborhoods.
We can choose to view this as a glass half full, a win-win, or whatever metaphor floats your boat. We can achieve much progress on our required fair share of affordable housing and we can enrich the demography of our town.
Let’s imagine some possible outcomes.
A young couple moves into a small ADU in the South Hills backyard of her parents with the intent of exchanging units when kids come along and parents want less space.
A caregiver moves into a small South Bluff ADU to help a single senior stay in her home instead of moving into a care facility.
A Sheriff Deputy and spouse live in a North Beach granny flat.
A city staffer and spouse live in a one-bedroom ADU three blocks from City Hall. The spouse telecommutes from home.
A retired single engineer lives in a one-bedroom granny flat in South Hills and starts a small neighborhood handyman business.
A head waiter in Jake’s restaurant moves into a business district ADU with his spouse who teaches in Del Mar Heights School.
A Nigerian virology scientist with Scripps Research lives in a two-bedroom unit in North Hills with his spouse and two young toddlers. He commutes by bus.
A visiting professor at Scripps Oceanography rents a one-bedroom ADU in North Beach. Another bus commuter.
A single mom with two elementary school kids lives in a South Bluff 2-bedroom ADU where she does freelance writing.
A UCSD post doc from Asia rents a studio in the North Commercial zone for one year. Bikes to UCSD.
A fitness trainer and yoga teacher couple live in a one-bedroom granny flat in Central Hill area, providing in-home coaching throughout the community.
These are only a few imagined newcomers to our neighborhoods. They bring talent and vitality to our community. They perform useful services to our City. They participate in civic and social activities. Their small living quarters fit seamlessly into neighborhoods and enrich the character of our population. They help us meet our housing goals, but more important, they help us achieve the vision describe in our Community Plan. Perhaps our readers can come up with more scenarios.
Details about ADU program can be found on City website DelMar.ca.us/