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New state laws ease approval of second units on Tiburon Peninsula

Homeowners who want to build a second unit or junior unit on the Tiburon Peninsula will have a much easier time getting approval under new state laws aimed at creating more affordable housing by streamlining the local review process. The new rules further restrict the leeway local jurisdictions must have when reviewing permit applications for second units and junior units, also know as accessory dwelling units and junior accessory dwelling units. Proposed units that fit the outlined standards must be approved within 60 days — half the time currently allotted for that approval.

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