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Virtual Meeting to Discuss Potential Code Changes to Incentivize the Development of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

The City of Newport Beach Community Development Department will host a virtual community meeting to share potential zoning code changes intended to reduce the regulatory barriers and expand the potential capacity of accessory dwelling units (ADU) beyond minimum State law requirements.

Further encouraging the development ADUs is an important strategy to accommodate future growth in combination with other strategies to meet the State assigned Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation of 4,845 new units that the City must plan for during the 2021-2029 planning period.

Encouraging ADUs allows for the dispersing of density throughout the City and avoids the need for excessive rezoning and high infrastructure costs associated with new high-density developments. Because ADUs tend to be relatively small with modest amenities, they provide more affordable housing options for select groups, such as students, seniors, caretakers, and people with disabilities.

The City will share current ADU standards and request input regarding potential changes such as allowing exterior basement access, removing certain unit size restrictions, and allowing increase height for detached ADUs above garages.  

To register for the Zoom meeting, please visit our website at: www.newportbeachca.gov/adu

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