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Newport Beach approves new rules for accessory dwelling units
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by Indy Staff
Issue 169 - 09/20/2018
On Tuesday, September 11, the Newport Beach city council voted to update zoning regulations to allow accessory dwelling units in all residential areas. Prior to Tuesday's vote, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) were only allowed in single family residential areas. The update was to bring the city in line with new state laws which went into effect on January 1, 2018.

On October 8, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed SB229 and AB494 into law to encourage new affordable housing unit development within the state, which ranks as one of the most unaffordable in the nation. These bills, clarify and improve various provisions of the law to promote the development of ADUs, including allowing ADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family home, opening areas where ADUs can be built to include all zoning districts that allow single-family uses, modifying fees from utilities, such as special districts and water corporations, and reducing parking requirements.

The Newport Beach zoning update creates a uniform set of regulations, allowing ADUs to be constructed as attached units or unattached dwellings.

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