According to Edward Booth of The Napa Valley Register, a local Accessory Dwelling Unit Plans Program, intended to ease the process of helping homeowners figure out the design and permitting for the junior housing units, has officially launched. And for those curious to see examples of prefabricated small dwellings, four free tour events are scheduled in the city of Napa this month.
ADUs, commonly known as “granny flats” or “in-law units,” are self-contained second residences that can be attached or detached from single-family homes. Development of homes has become increasingly popular in the past few years, owing to a series of state laws that greatly eased the approval process at the local government level.
The announcement notes that increasing ADU development has been widely recognized as one way to help ease California’s deepening housing shortage and that the Plans Program is one part of the foundation’s strategy to support the development of second units in Napa and Sonoma counties. Among other efforts, that includes a partnership with Redwood Credit Union early this year to create a construction loan program specifically for ADUs.
The ADU tours — slated for Nov. 6, 9, 19, and 30 — will take place at CrossWalk Community Church at 2590 First St. in Napa. Three prefabricated second dwellings, ranging in size from 150 to 740 square feet, will be featured, according to the community foundation. There will be booths with designers, architects, and prefab companies that have ADUs included in the Plans Program present at the tour events, along with ADU finance experts, local planning and building officials, and staff from the ADU center.