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Placer County Adds One-Story, One-Bedroom ADU Unit to Pre-Reviewed Plans Suite

Mar 22, 2024 10:45AM ● By County of Placer News Release

AUBURN, CA (MPG) - Placer County has added a new pre-reviewed plan for a one-bedroom accessory dwelling unit that meets California’s current building standards and will help property owners bypass lengthy review processes prior to construction.

In May 2023, the county’s Community Development Resource Agency released a suite of pre-reviewed plan options for one-, two- and three-bedroom ADUs. The two- and three-bedroom options are one-story units available with and without a garage. The one-bedroom plan is for a two-story unit with living space above a garage.

The  new one-bedroom plan released this month has been developed to meet customer demand for a one story, one-bedroom unit that does not have a garage.  

The one-bedroom unit plan is 661 square feet, and has one bathroom and an open floor plan for living, dining and kitchen space.

Plans allow for the owner or builder to select heating, roofing and siding. Each plan includes snow load engineering, foundation plans and the capability for solar panels and battery-power backup batteries.  

“Providing pre-reviewed ADU plans is an efficient, affordable opportunity for Placer County to support our community’s high demand for housing,” said principal planner Nikki Streegan.

An ADU can be used for many purposes, such as independent space for a family member or college student, or to provide the property owner with rental income. ADUs increase property value and can help meet the county’s need to offer more affordable and workforce housing in the community.

Plans can be purchased for $1,200, a vast reduction from standard fees for unreviewed ADU plans that can add up to $9,000 or more. Property owners can preview renderings, floor plans, elevations and additional information at prior to purchase.

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