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City of Chico working to provide affordable housing options

The city has plans to build many accessory dwelling units also known as ADU’s to help provide affordable housing for those who need it.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 5:49 PM

CHICO, Calif. - The city of Chico has plans to help build many accessory dwelling units, also known as ADU's, to provide affordable living to people.

"It's not just the city of Chico but the state is in a housing crisis and everyone needs to help chip in and be a part of the solution," said Brendan Vieg for the City of Chico Community Development Department.

The city of Chico secured grant funds from the California Department of Housing Community Development to offer free development plans for an ADU.

"They don't have to pay to get the plans drawn up because we have done that for them and there is no time to wait to get them approved which saves time and money," said Vieg. "Also, because they are all also under 750 square feet, there is no developing impact fees so there is a significant savings."

The city said the ADU's come in three different sizes. 

"There are both one and two-bedroom sizes, select exterior preference, and ultimately there are up to 16 unique styles to choose from," said Vieg. "It's just a really quality use of land and infrastructure."

Chico resident, Art Leonard, says the coronavirus pandemic has been tragic for many families.

"I can't say it enough, we do need the housing," said Leonard.

The city said it costs about $100,000 to build the ADU’s. The city has been able to knock off $20,000 of that $100,000 in the pre-approved plans.

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