Solano EDC launches ADU program

July 11 2024

The Reporter By  | nmcconnell@timesheraldonline.com

PUBLISHED: July 10, 2024 at 4:43 p.m. | UPDATED: July 10, 2024 at 4:44 p.m.

 

The Solano Economic Development Corporation revealed its July Report which touts recent achievements including its Solano ADU program.

The program — led by the Solano County Planning Collaborative aids all landowners seeking to build ADUs in the county. According to the program’s website, every city in the county is a participating jurisdiction.

“We’re proud to have played an instrumental role in the creation of this handy tool for homeowners in Solano County,” CEO Chris Rico wrote.

The program’s website gives guidance on planning, navigating regulations building, permitting and renting, and breaks the process into a step-by-step guide. The site also describes the difference between traditional and prefabricated ADUs, as well as the difference between ADUs and JADUs.

While homeowners can build an ADU on their own, most of them choose to work with a professional firm and some choose to hire construction workers.

“Most homeowners choose to work with some type of design professional to plan their ADU and help throughout the process,” the site reads. “Bringing on a professional early in the process is often key to getting your ADU approved quickly, managed efficiently, and built cost-effectively. Relevant experience and fit will be critical.”

ADUs have very specific regulations on size but can be placed in the front yard or the backyard of a home.

“According to state law, you can build an ADU up to 800 square feet, as long as rear and side setbacks are at least 4 feet and it is not above 16 feet tall,” the site explains. “Otherwise, size limits depend on your property.”

In the design phase, those looking to own an ADU should get conceptual drawings, then reach out to the government to ensure they meet regulations and to utility providers.

“Once you have an initial design, it’s a good idea to discuss it with local Planning or Building staff so they can point out any issues before submitting your permit application,” the site reads. “Your design team can join you to clarify drawings and help you understand requirements.”

Regulation on the state level has made it difficult for municipalities to reject ADU development, and thus construction cannot be halted due to other noncompliance issues on the property.

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