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Affordable housing 101: Why not build more granny units?

Published Wednesday July 27

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MENLO PARK — Erin Craig and Rich Dvorak knew it was time: Their grown daughter, who has severe disabilities, needed her own home. But where?

They decided to build a private studio for Kim — a separate apartment inside the family home in Palo Alto, where they had lived for 25 years. But Palo Alto has notoriously strict zoning rules for add-on units. So the couple scoured the Peninsula, hunting for a completely new property — only to discover that each city had its own patchwork of restrictions.

I went shopping for our property with a 50-foot tape measure, because you have to measure all the setbacks, Craig said. It got complicated.

Why all the interest right now?

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