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News - June 10, 2016

A magic bullet for the housing crisis?

Loosened rules could allow 7,600 new companion units in Mountain View

by Mark Noack

Lacking the thousands of homes needed for the growing local workforce, Mountain View officials are calling on an unlikely group to come to the rescue — the city's suburban homeowners. As a quick-fix for the housing crisis, Mountain View is following a trend among South Bay cities by loosening the rules for homeowners to build "granny cottages" or companion units, in hopes of spurring thousands of new backyard residences free of the intense scrutiny required for dense apartment projects.

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