Thanks to the city’s new restrictions on construction of second-
dwelling units, neighborhoods won’t be overrun with guest houses, but
people with legal units will be able to rent them to people to whom
they are not related.
The City Council unanimously voted to change Burbank’s law to
require a 300-foot separation between lots with units, a move
designed to stave off a glut on the market of the units.
“I believe there is potential for negative impact in numerous
areas, parking being one of them,” Councilman Dave Golonski said.
The council’s action also means homeowners with legal units will
be able to rent them to people other than family members, which was
previously not allowed, Asst. Planner John Bowler said.
The city reviewed their law on the units to prepare for the
changes required by California Assembly Bill 1866, which goes into
effect July 1.
The state law requires cities approve applications for second
units without going through a discretionary review process. Burbank
residents had received a discretionary review by the Planning Board
until the City Council put a freeze on applications Sept. 25, 2001
while deciding what to do about second dwelling units, City Planner
Art Bashmakian said.
Burbank has about 45 granny flats. Though the city did receive
about three applications to build new units each year, none have been
approved since September 2001.