1. Introduction

The State of California requires every city and town to plan for increased housing development between 2023 and 2031. The State requires the Town of Atherton to provide an updated Housing Element plan to build at least 348 new housing units during that period. The Town must provide a viable plan to accomplish the goal to the State for certification. Please visit the Town's Housing Element Update webpage to learn more.
 
The Town historically relied on the construction of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), sometimes referred to as "in-law units" or “second-units” to meet prior State housing requirements. Because of a significant increase (375%) in State mandated housing targets during this period, the Town seeks to promote the construction and rental of ADUs to an even greater degree over the coming eight years. The purpose of this survey is to measure your interest in constructing and renting an ADU (or Junior ADUs - interior units) on your property or modifying an accessory building to qualify as an ADU, as well as understanding what you believe potential barriers are to their construction.
 
All responses are extremely valuable as the Town continues to work on its draft housing element. If you have questions about the survey, please email lcostasanders@ci.atherton.ca.us.
 
An Accessory Dwelling Unit or ADU is a separate dwelling unit located on a single-family property. ADUs may be detached or attached and must contain a bathroom, cooking facilities and sleeping area. JADUs are interior units no more than 500 square feet. They are designed for use and occupancy by people living independently of the occupants of the main residence building.

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* 1. Please provide your email address:

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* 2. Please provide your name:

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* 3. Please provide your home address:

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* 4. Are you aware that you can build an attached or detached ADU on your property and up to 1,200 square feet of the floor area of the ADU is exempt from the maximum floor area requirements for the site?

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* 5. Do you currently have an ADU on your property?

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* 6. Do you currently have a guest house, pool house, or other detached building on your property not being used as an ADU?

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* 7. If you answered Yes to #6, would you consider making modifications (if needed) and converting that space to an ADU?

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* 8. If you currently have an ADU, or were considering converting existing space to an ADU would you intend to rent it? Use of the space by family (parents, grandparents, etc.), estate employees, local teachers, school faculty, or students all count as "renting" the ADU. The Town can also assist in finding a matching tenant through HIP Housing or other non-profit matching programs.

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* 9. If you are not interested in building a new ADU and/or converting an existing building and/or existing building square footage to an ADU, what could the Town do to encourage you to build an ADU on your property?

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* 10. If you are interested in constructing an ADU but are facing constraints, which of the following best describes the most impactful constraint you are facing?

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* 11. Any overall comments or feedback you would like to share about ADUs in Town?

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* 12. If you are interested in constructing a new ADU and/or converting building space to an ADU, it would greatly help with our Housing Element effort if you would indicate (Yes or No) your non-binding intent to build an ADU or convert existing space to an ADU so that we can add the potential ADU to our list.

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