New Housing Developments Begin Including Granny Units

On January 29, 2021 Weingarten Realty Investors submitted an updated plan for San Jose’s Cambrian Park Plaza which proposes having 30 houses to now include granny units on the ground floor. The granny unit would have its own entrance.

The second and third floors would be an entirely separate single family dwelling from the granny unit below.

One San Jose City Councilmember, Pam Foley, has voiced support for the addition of the granny units saying it is “one way to naturally add affordability into any project”.

With the new California wide regulations on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs, granny units, backyard cottages), this is likely to become commonplace for new Silicon Valley housing developments. It is a path to meeting demands placed on many Silicon Valley cities for both more housing and more affordable housing.

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