San Jose is poised to become the first California city to create tiny homes for the homeless by bypassing the state’s confining building codes, reports Ramona Giwargis of the Bay Area News Group.
The move is the result of a new law authored by Assemblywoman Nora Campos, D-San Jose, and signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Sept. 27,
It goes into effect in January and sunsets in five years. It allows the city to temporarily suspend state building, safety and health codes for the purpose of building “unconventional” housing structures — everything from wood-framed sheds to tiny homes. The city will adopt its own regulations, the law says, based on some minimum standards.
City housing officials and advocates for the homeless call the new legislation a “game-changer” in the fight to solve one of the Silicon Valley’s most intractable problems.