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Since it has been several months since I last wrote in this blog about my own ADU project, it seemed that people might be curious to know where things stand.  Also, reflecting general increased interest and activity in this type of housing stock, I have been seeing more ADU matters in my own law

Many of us who live in California, especially the suburbs, are conditioned to expect free parking in the places we live, work, shop and take recreation.  We expect laws to require it, builders to provide it and operators of commercial establishments to offer it, at least to their customers.  As a matter of fact, the

California law governing ADUs has been revised pursuant to two new “clean up measures”, SB 897 and AB 2221, which went into effect January 1, 2023. These new laws clarify and correct several different unforeseen barriers to the approval and construction of ADUs that had surfaced after the adoption of previous ADU legislation by the

A twelve-year saga of pitched battles between housing advocates, developers and an obdurate NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) assemblage was finally resolved last month by California’s First District Court of Appeal.  In a victory for California housing proponents, the City of Lafayette’s approval of the 315-unit Terraces of Lafayette project has been upheld against the