Platform for Homeowners to Develop ADUs Launches in Citrus Heights

CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG)  |  Hausable Media Release
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CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA (MPG) - A new online platform hopes to make it easier for Citrus Heights homeowners to understand their local zoning and permitting requirements for building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), more commonly referred to as “Granny Flats” and “In-Law Units”. The technology project was developed by a small team of housing tech advocates led by Joanna Socha and Patrick Collins, and is now in beta testing in select cities across California including Citrus Heights.

The city recently updated its local zoning codes to comply with the statewide mandates, which is starting to open up a new opportunity in housing development locally. About 55 percent of the existing housing units in Citrus Heights (19,374) are zoned as single family residences. Based

on the team's estimation of The City’s local zoning requirements and the impact of new state housing laws (SB 1069 and AB 2299), as many as 11,430 homes may now be eligible to add some form of second dwelling unit. Currently, less than two percent of homes in Citrus Heights have an existing legally permitted second unit. If just one percent of eligible homeowners in Citrus Heights built an ADU each year, it would contribute an additional 571 units to the city's housing stock over the next five years and create hundreds of new local construction jobs. “We think that homeowners can become micro real estate developers in effect. If properly informed

of their property rights, individual homeowners could become a significant contributor to housing production in the city over the coming years.” says Collins, a native of Berkeley with a background in modular design and construction.

The platform, Hausable.com, provides free tools and resources for homeowners to plan and design their ADU project preliminarily without the initial costs and risks associated with the traditional architecture and construction process. Homeowners can check their address to get insights about how local ADU zoning requirements may apply to their property and estimate the potential returns from adding a second unit. Then they can use these insights to make more informed decisions and find designers, contractors and lenders that are experienced in this sector.

Our aim for this project is to provide an easy-to-use resource for all California homeowners who are interested in building an ADU in cities like Citrus Heights, but are unsure of where to start. We want the information and resources to be useful regardless of the type of unit being considered. “Whether it’s a high-end modular in-law unit or a DIY garage conversion, we

provide tools and resources that can be useful for taking the first steps toward planning your project.” says Socha, who holds a Masters Degree in Architecture and is an alumni of the Y Combinator program in Mountain View.

The project is not the team’s first effort to make an impact in the housing market through the introduction of additional dwelling units. Earlier efforts were focused on designing, permitting

and building the units one by one, and they have since seen from this experience that each step of the process can be most efficiently served by local professionals who are experts in their

local jurisdictions. Instead, the gap they found that still needs to be filled is to get homeowners the resources they need more efficiently understand all their options and make better decisions about how to move forward with their project.

The platform also provides homeowners the option to connect with specialized local professionals, such as lenders and design/build contractors, who provide consultations on financing, design, permitting and construction for their ADU projects.

“We'd like to invite realtors, lenders, contractors who are interested in this emerging market to join us to help homeowners locally and accelerate the ADU movement in California.” adds Socha. To access the tools and resources available for homeowners in Citrus Heights visit www.hausable.com/city/citrus-heights-ca.