Would you live in a granny flat? New laws should help cities boost housing in Orange County

By Kevin Smith, Jeff Collins

A Lake Forest man wants to build a 500-square-foot cottage in his backyard so his parents can live with him when they retire.

A Newport Beach woman with an eight-car garage wants to convert part of it into living space for a relative.

And a Costa Mesa woman wants to build a 420-square-foot unit atop her garage for her daughter to use while she attends medical school.

Granny flats are not new, and Orange County municipal codes long have allowed them. But they’ve mostly been restricted to homes on larger lots with single-family zoning.

Now, cities throughout the region are reforming their laws to [READ MORE HERE]

Source: OC Register

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