SAN FRANCISCO — Granny units are back. Or at least the talk about those often illegal in-home apartments is elbowing its way into the headlines here again.
Discussed for several years, the legality of in-law apartments became pertinent two years ago when a state law mandated that local city guidelines be set up so that homeowners could add second units. By the extended deadline in 1984, many California cities had not conformed. San Francisco planners, like those in some other areas, are still wrestling with the idea.
Last month, the San Francisco Planning Commission heard preliminary discussions on the city's first step toward allowing in-law units. Proposed legislation would permit single-family homeowners to add second units under these conditions:
--Units would be confined to a 600-square-foot area and comply with all zoning controls.
--Each unit must provide one off-street parking space.
--New units must conform to handicapped access requirements (as must the rest of the house).
--Homeowners setting up in-law units must be 50% owners and must live in the house; they must also register annually and pay documentation fees.