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Posted on: April 3, 2023

Now Available to the Public: Affordable Housing Master Plans

Housing units are in high demand across California, including the Sierra Nevada region. To expedite the permitting process and reduce building costs, Nevada County, the Town of Truckee, the City of Grass Valley, the City of Nevada City, Placer County, and Sierra County are offering new affordable Housing Master Plans for single-family homes or granny unit (also known as an ADU, granny flat, an in-law unit, or a backyard cottage).

Three designs options are available to choose from:

• One-bedroom 661sf unit with a garage

• Two-bedroom 746sf unit with or without a garage

• Three-bedroom 1,194sf unit with or without a garage

“These resources were created through a collaboration with our regional partners,” said Nicholas McBurney, Nevada County Building Department’s Plans Examiner. “We recognize the need for more efficient, affordable housing, making this a unique project to address the high demand and increasing costs to build.”

The plans are designed to be used by first-time owner-builders or experienced contractors. They allow the owner to select the heating, roofing, and siding with several floor plans, elevations, foundations, snow load engineering, and orientation, providing a total of 96 different possible combinations of options.

The plans are pre-approved, reducing or eliminating plan check fees and review delays. Each plan set is available to purchase from the architect for $1,200 per plan, customized for each lot at a low cost compared to typical plans that run around $15,000 or more.

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