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Original post made on Feb 16, 2021

Outrageous decision on second-story ADUs

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Posted by Carl
a resident of Stoneridge
on Feb 16, 2021 at 10:38 am

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Actually I agree with the city council on this one. It is one thing to add a “granny flat” within the confines of your backyard but it’s a completely different animal when you go up. When you add a second story to a house you can have a great impact to the quality of life of your neighbors by not only blocking views but also an invasion of their privacy by being able to look into their yards and windows 24/7. People buy particular homes for any number of reasons, schools, location, they have a view or they are private. For someone to infringe on that is not right. People should respect their neighbors and if you need a bigger home then move to one that fits your needs. God knows you will get lots of money for your current home!

Posted by LanceM
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 16, 2021 at 10:59 am

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Is adding a new 2nd floor currently allowed within the regulations? If so, then they should be allowed and if not they should not be allowed. I both agree and disagree with Carl, yes, people don't necessarily want a neighbor to put on a 2nd floor, but if that was a possibility (i.e. allowed per city regulations) at the time you purchased then that is the homeowners problem. It is like buying a house that is currently beach front with a vacant lot in front and then getting mad when someone builds on that lot. Similar to the people near Mohr school who bought the houses being well aware that Stoneridge was already planned to be extended through and then they fought to stop it from going through.

So for me, it all comes down to whether the new addition is within current regulations which I don't know the answer because I don't plan on adding a 2nd story. If it is, could someone please list the code number (the Pleasanton website is horrible for finding things)

Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Feb 16, 2021 at 12:22 pm

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I could be wrong, but I think this applies to building a secondary unit in your backyard that is two stories. I don’t think it applies to adding a second story to your current one story home. After all, there are thousands of two story homes here already.

Posted by Becky
a resident of Livermore
on Feb 16, 2021 at 2:57 pm

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It's not just 'a home for Mom'. Real estate investors are buying houses, building a couple ADU's in the back and then renting out all three dwellings. For a really high rent. What would really help people afford homes is if the state didn't try to cram everybody into the greater silicon valley area. Instead they should encourage businesses to build new offices, not in SV, but in the Central Valley or Antioch, or other places where there are alot of homes, but no jobs.

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