City of Fullerton Reduces Fees for ADUs
During the regular meeting on March 19, 2019, Fullerton City Council approved the temporary elimination park fees associated with the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units also referred to as ADUs or Granny Flats. The council vote, effective immediately, eliminates the $12,020 park impact fee (Park Dwelling) asset on new construction of small residential units (attached or unattached) on the same lot with a house. The fee waiver is good for the 2019 year and will be reviewed in 2020.
According to advocates in attendance, this represents a huge savings for those residents who want to construct an ADU on their existing property as a flexible housing alternative.
Staff explained that Park Dwelling Fees are assessed on new residential developments to help offset the impact on parks, trails, recreational facilities and related public amenities.
The State Legislature recently adopted new housing related laws pertaining to Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), formerly known as Limited Second Dwelling Units, or "Granny Flats". These new State laws went into effect on January 1, 2017 and are applicable in all single-family and multiple-family zoning districts. The City of Fullerton adopted a local amendment to the Fullerton Municipal Code (FMC). The amendment is now in effect per Ordinance 3247 (below) and will be incorporated into the Zoning Ordinance (FMC Section 15.17.100) later this year with the next publication of the FMC.
An Accessory Dwelling Unit can be an attached or detached residential dwelling unit, which provides independent living facilities. An ADU can be created through the conversion of a portion of an existing structure either within the primary residence or a detached structure (garage) or can be new square footage. An ADU must include permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation on the same parcel as a single-family dwelling. ADUs are limited to no more than two bedrooms and no more than one ADU is permitted on a property. ADUs are also referred to as second units, granny flats/units, in-law units or secondary dwelling units.