Tuesday, October 22, 2019

CA Begins Allowing ADU’s With Fewer Restrictions

California’s Gov. Gavin Newsom signed several new laws that ease certain requirements for homeowners to build separate free-standing ADUs or convert existing structures.

CRATE double module ADU

The measure cuts a municipality’s permitting deadline from 120 to 60 days. It curbs local authority, banning city ADU ordinances from imposing minimum lot sizes for construction, requiring parking replacement and other building-size restrictions. It gives the housing department and the Attorney General more authority to police local codes.

Crate Modular and other construction companies, along with architects and builders, are readying to capitalize on the demand for these so-called granny units, backyard cottages or in-law units.

Lisa Sharpe, president of the newly rebranded CRATE Modular, Inc. said "After launching last year, we acquired the assets, intellectual property, and Los Angeles factory of GrowthPoint Structures, a widely successful but challenged business."

Sharpe said. "Our new name and brand reflect the best parts of our combined company's DNA. The CRATE team draws from both Adaptive Modular and GrowthPoint alums, giving us the best of both worlds, and the expertise to navigate design, permitting, manufacturing, and installation processes to deliver the highest-quality product in the shortest amount of time."

CRATE is poised to tackle nearly 100,000 square feet of development in the next 12 months, thanks to their ability to quickly scale the Los Angeles factory to handle Southern California's massive housing needs.

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