City of Rolling Hills Accessory Dwelling Unit Survey

Dear Resident:

Please take a few minutes to complete this survey about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) in Rolling Hills.  Your responses will help us understand community goals and concerns and will be used to develop new policies for consideration by the Rolling Hills Planning Commission and City Council. 

State law requires that all cities and counties allow ADUs, provided they meet certain standards.   Some of the potential benefits of ADUs include rental income for homeowners, on-site living space for caregivers or household employees, and accommodation of extended family (adult children, parents, etc.).  ADUs can also help residents “age in place,” particularly as homeowners need more care or assistance.

The City’s objective in carrying out this survey is to determine the level of interest in ADUs among Rolling Hills residents and evaluate their potential to meet local housing needs.  Like all cities in California, Rolling Hills is required by State law to provide for its “fair share” of the region’s housing needs, including low- and very low-income households.  ADUs provide a way to do that without significantly changing the character or appearance of the community.  Some communities even provide special incentives for homeowners who rent ADUs at reduced rates to very low-income households, including household employees and local essential service employees. 

The deadline for completing this survey is November 20, 2020

Please do not include your name or address on the survey as the intent is for all responses to be anonymous.  If you have questions about the survey or about ADUs in Rolling Hills, please call Meredith Elguira at (310) 377-1521.

Thank you for taking the time to complete the survey!

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* 1. Does your property include any of the following features?  (check all that apply)

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* 2. If you checked one of the choices above, how is the space currently used?  (If you checked more than one choice, please provide a response below.  Use the comment box to describe the space you’re referring to).

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* 3. If you have space on your property occupied by a household other than your own, please check the category in the table below that most closely matches their annual income based on the number of persons in their household, if you know that amount. Recent data from the US Census indicates that 16 percent of Rolling Hills households have annual incomes below $50,000. ADUs (or potential ADUs) may provide a resource for these households. If Question 3 does not apply to your property, please skip to Question 4.

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* 4. If you don’t currently have a legal ADU on your property, would you consider developing one? (check one answer)

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* 5. If you decided to build an ADU on your property, where would it be located? (check one)

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* 6. If you had a legally approved ADU on your property, how would you most likely use it? (check one)

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* 7. If you had a legally approved ADU on your property, would you consider a deed restriction that maintained the rent at a reduced rate (for example $1,200/month, which is considered the threshold for an “affordable” housing unit for a two person very low income household) to help the City meet its State-mandated affordable housing requirements? (check one)

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* 8. To ensure that we are hearing from a cross-section of the community, please tell us a little about you:

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* 9. Please share any concerns you may have about ADUs in Rolling Hills, or factors you’d like us to consider as new ADU policies and regulations are developed:

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