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Submitted by on 1, December 8, 2008 – 7:30 amNo Comment

The Planning Board is slated to take up an item tonight that, in these slumpy times especially, could be a boon for some Alameda homeowners: They’re slated to consider an ordinance that will make it easier for people to build second units on their property.

The board is responding to changes in state law clarifying the rules on these things. If they approve the draft ordinance as written, the city will allow in-laws or detached one-bedroom units with up to 600 square feet of habitable space (I’m assuming this doesn’t include closets and bathrooms), provided it doesn’t chew up too much of your yard.

The catch is, they’re only looking to allow second units for folks whose single-family homes sit on a lot that’s 7,500 square feet or bigger. Apparently, just 659 properties in town qualify.

Still, it’ll be nice for those folks to be able to give their elderly parents whose portfolios have crashed a place to live, won’t it?

You can get the 411 on this (item 9A) here. And here’s another item for our downtrodden times: Did you know there are five places here on the Island where you can recycle your bottles and cans and get your CRV deposit back? That’s 5 cents per bottle or can for the small ones, 10 cents for bottles and cans 24 ounces and up.

The list is here.

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