Poverty

Encinitas program offers incentives to residents to build granny flats

Encinitas program offers incentives to residents to build granny flats

In an effort to increase its admittedly low amount of low-income housing, Encinitas has hired architects to produce two sets of "shovel-ready" designs for small homes that people can build in their backyards.

And, the city is waiving some permit fees to make it less costly to construct these structures, which are commonly called "granny flats" or "mother-in-law cottages."

The new design options, which range from studio units to three-bedroom structures, will be showcased at two community events this month. The first one -- a workshop session on city zoning codes and the new mini-home design program -- is set for 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22, at...

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