Jan, 20

Tahoe Donner - Proposed New Standards Rules Regarding ADU's and Junior ADU's
By tahoe-truckeerealestate-com January 27, 2020


What does this mean for Tahoe Donner Homeowners? 

Tahoe Donner is considering the adoption of certain new rules regarding an Accessory Dwelling Units and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units. that would stipulate that if a home has an accessory dwelling unit (ADU) that neither the ADU nor the primary dwelling unit can be used for short term rental purposes. 

What is the definition of an “Accessory Dwelling Unit”?

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides complete independent living facilities for one or more persons, including permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking and sanitation, on the same parcel as the single-family dwelling is situated.

A Junior Accessory Dwelling Unit (JADU) is a unit that is no more than 500 square feet in size and contained entirely within the living space of an existing single-family residence. A JADU may include separate sanitation facilities or may share sanitation facilities with the existing structure.

Due to Assembly Bill 670, Effective January 1, 2020, Tahoe Donner’s prohibition of ADU’s will no longer be enforced. 

The Following Rules Apply to ADU’s and JADU’s: 

  1. One ADU or JADU per Lot: Only one accessory dwelling unit may be constructed and/or used or occupied on any single-family residential lot.
  2. Compliance with the Truckee Municipal Code: Any proposed accessory dwelling unit or junior accessory dwelling unit shall comply with the requirements of the Truckee Municipal Code.
  3. Compliance with the Governing Documents: Any proposed accessory dwelling unit and junior accessory dwelling unit shall also comply with the requirements of the governing documents. The governing documents may be more restrictive than the Truckee Municipal Code but shall not be applied in situations where the Architectural Standards Committee has determined that such application would unreasonably increase the cost to construct, effectively prohibit the construction of, or extinguish the ability to construct an accessory dwelling unit or junior accessor dwelling unit consistent with the provisions of the California ADU Law. For certain common issues that may arise under the governing documents, the ASC shall follow the guidelines below in making a decision on an application for approval of an ADU or JADU.
    1. 3.1 Setbacks and Coverage: Any proposed accessory dwelling unit and junior accessory dwelling unit shall comply with the setback and coverage requirements set forth in the governing documents.
    2. 3.2 Floor Area Limitation: An ADU shall have no less than 150 square feet and no more than 800 square feet of fully-enclosed floor area devoted to living purposes and a JADU shall have no more than 500 square feet of fully-enclosed floor area devoted to living purposes.
    3. 3.3 Parking: An ADU or JADU shall provide for one designated on-site parking space in addition to the 400 square feet minimum parking paved on-site area required for the lot. The number of cars permitted for the accessory dwelling and junior accessory dwelling unit tenants shall not exceed the available off-street parking spaces provided. ADU and JADU tenants shall be required to utilize the parking spaces provided.
    4. Unpermitted or Unapproved Accessory and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units: These rules shall not validate any existing ADU or JADU’s that have not been permitted by the Town of Truckee and approved by Tahoe Donner Association. To convert such a unit to a permitted and approved ADU or JADU, the applicant must meet the requirements of the Truckee Municipal Code and the governing documents, and the Town of Truckee must permit the unit and the Tahoe Donner ASC must approve the unit for it to be legal. Applicants with existing units must apply for permit and/or approval within 90 days of adoption of these rules. Unpermitted units discovered not to be compliant after this period shall be subject to an enforcement process.
    5. Short-Term Rental of an ADU or JADU: If a lot has an ADU or JADU, both the primary dwelling and ADU or JADU shall be prohibited from being used as a short-term rental (a rental for term less than 30 days). As a condition of approval, the applicant shall be required to record a covenant against title to the lot, which shall set forth this restriction and confirm that this restriction shall run with the land and will bind successors in interest. This prohibition does not affect the ability of a lot owner from using the primary living area for long-term rental purposes (a rental for term more than 30 days).
    6. Conditions and Variances: The ASC shall retain the right to impose reasonable conditions on its approval of an ADU or JADU, and to grant variances on a case by case basis, as provided for in the governing documents.

To read the full proposal and 45-day notice from Tahoe Donner – Click Here

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