Encinitas tried to get creative in dealing with its housing affordability problem. It didn’t work.
State law requires the North County coastal city to give developers a chance to build up to 1,000 low-income homes by increasing the amount of development that can take place in given areas. But the city hasn’t been able to find enough locations to please all its residents.
That’s why in November 2014, the city and residents decided on an alternative: They’d try to encourage people to turn illegal “granny flats” into legal homes reserved for low-income residents.
Granny flats, or accessory units, are small homes with limited features that share a property with a primary home, and are often reserved for extended family members of the main home. But homeowners sometimes rent them out, and many don’t comply with existing city health and safety codes.