City of Monterey
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU)
"Granny Units"
The ADU Survey Results are now available for review. The link to the PDF of results is also available at and
We know it can be difficult to fully understand some of the terms used and the possible implications on your neighborhood. After you have reviewed these results, feel free to give us a call at (831) 242-8732 if you have questions or more comments. We will try to respond to each and every call within the same business day. We need to hear from you!

The Monterey City Council is scheduled to hear a presentation with more details of the survey results at the September 1, 2020 Council Meeting. Agendas are posted at least 24 hours in advance at

Also, please see the following information about upcoming webinars, available in English and Spanish:
Four interactive webinars will cover the following:
  • Homeowners: All about navigating your ADU project.- Wed, Sept. 16, 4–6 PM
  • ADU Advocates: Financing ADUs and public policy, Thu, Sept. 17, 10 AM –12 PM
  • Design Professionals & Builders: How to advocate for your projects - Thu, Sept. 17, 4–6 PM
  • City Staff: Streamlining the ADU process and regulating for results - Fri, Sept. 18, 3–5 PM

REGISTER HERE, or find the link at
Background from July 2020:

The City of Monterey is updating Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) rules to integrate new state laws with our City Code. We're taking this opportunity to present concepts to the City Council that goes beyond minimum state requirements in order to:

  • Streamline for ease of use and review
  • Adapt ADU rules to our unique situations in Monterey
  • Expand development standards to reflect community requests

Ideas presented in this survey are in response to multiple inquiries and requests from Monterey residents regarding ADUs. Your feedback can help the City understand community goals and concerns. Please take a minute to answer the following questions in preparation for a City Council Work-session, currently planned for Tuesday, September 1.

Guidance from that meeting will be shared with the Planning Commission for review of proposed code language.

To see an overview of differences between the existing standards, minimum state changes, and proposed expansion of updates, please view the matrix available with this link:

Deadline for the survey was Monday, August 3rd at 5pm.
Your voice matters to the City of Monterey!!

Please contact me if you have any questions:
Ande Flower, AICP
Principal Planner | City of Monterey