SAN JOSE, CA – San Jose officials have unveiled a new online portal and expedited services for city residents hoping to build additional housing units on their lots.
San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Councilors Magdalena Carrasco, Sylvia Arenas and Pam Foley announced the new online city portal on Tuesday, accessible at www.sjbackyardhomes.com.
ADU builders, also known as “granny flats”, also have access to a new full-time employee from “ADU Ally” in the city’s planning, construction and code enforcement department to assist with the approval process.
“We have teachers, nurses, students, seniors, first responders and so many others who are desperate for an affordable rental property,” Liccardo said in a new version. “At the same time, we have thousands of homeowners interested in creating affordable rental options. The city can and must act as a catalyst to accelerate the construction of these new units.”
The city’s approval center has also set up an “Express Lane” for ADU projects, where homeowners and developers can jump to the top of the approval line once a week on Tuesdays and get a building permit in just 90 minutes.
Pre-approved ADU designs offered by the city are now also available to builders. A “universal checklist” can be found on the city’s other ADU website, www.sanjoseca.gov/ADUs.
– Bay City News