The City Council deadlocked on a parking requirement for ADUs in the hills Tuesday, pushing a decision to its Oct. 3 meeting.
The City Council will have to decide whether to change its restrictions on cottages and in-law units, or challenge the state.
Critics say the move won’t make the Berkeley Hills safer during a wildfire, but will block new housing from wealthy neighborhoods.
Homeowners in the Berkeley flatlands can now build two-story accessory dwelling units in their yards — as long as they inform their neighbors and tenants first.
Homeowners outside the hills could get quick approval for accessory dwelling units up to 20 feet tall under new regulations.
New state laws require swift approval for many ADU projects. Should those rules be more strict in areas facing wildfire risk?
While the accessory dwelling unit is legal, these South Berkeley tenants are upset they were not informed it was coming.
There will be eight Berkeley measures on the Nov. 3 ballot. Here’s what to expect.
The proposed changes to the rent control ordinance would take away an exemption first allowed 40 years ago.
State and city laws have made it easier, in theory, to build backyard cottages in Berkeley. In practice planners sometimes seem to need to catch up with the new regulations.
Which properties would become rent-controlled after a repeal, and which would be exempt? Berkeley voters could make the call in November.
The backyard shed is made out of a cheap, earthen material similar to adobe and not recognized in the building code.