When early reports of infection showed California was among the
states with the highest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases,
local and state leaders stepped up, taking action to slow the
spread of the virus and protect vulnerable populations.
With “safer at home” orders in effect in an attempt to flatten
the curve of COVID-19 spread, cities were on the front lines
maintaining essential services and working to protect residents
who were out of work or lost their job because of the crisis.
The city retooled its existing zoning and standards to make it
easier for property owners to add accessory dwelling units, also
known as granny flats. Encinitas also successfully sponsored
state legislation to make the changes possible.
While most people agree that California needs more housing, the
conversation often becomes complicated when it turns to how,
where, and why in a specific community. Cities are involving
their residents and communities in discussions about housing from
a new perspective.