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Posted by: thepinetree on 09/22/2020 12:40 PM Updated by: thepinetree on 09/22/2020 12:40 PM
Expires: 01/01/2025 12:00 AM
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Calaveras Supervisors Pass Ordinance Putting Affordable Owner Built Homes Within Reach

San Andreas, CA...A few minutes ago the Calaveras County Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that will provide significant savings and flexibility for those wanting to build their own home on rural properties. This is only for homes that the owners are willing to live in for at least three years. The goal is to put affordable housing within reach of more people. This ordinance has been a career goal for Doug Oliver, Chief Building Official to make home ownership a realistic goal for many young families.





It will allow for alternative building methods and even alternative buildings possibly including yurts etc as long as the owners and residents know and acknowledge that the home they plan to live in does not meet traditional building codes.

The stringent building codes in California while well meaning and necessary in densely populated urban settings have had the unintended consequences of making the permits and regulations at times the most expensive portion of a new home. In some jurisdictions the building permits, utility hook ups etc are more than the actual cost of the entire materials cost for a home.

As an example often cited are the internal fire sprinkler requirements in new homes. The cost of this system would be more that the entire cost small owner built structure or yurt on their own property. It was even stated that in rural settings external or roof sprinklers might actually provide better protection.

This is a great ordinance that will put an affordable home within reach of many people who are willing to build and take responsibility for their homes. There are limits on where owner builders could reasonably expect to take advantage of this ordinance. Most existing HOAs for example would probably be off limits as they have their own requirements on home size etc. So putting a small rammed earth, log or yurt in Greenhorn Creek or Blue Lake Springs would be off the table.

The Ordinance Chapter 15.12 - "Limited Density Owner-Built Rural Dwellings" of the Calaveras County Code will go into effect the end of October.



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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-22 13:15:14   By: Anonymous
 
Can understand the wanting to help aspect but not holding rural homes to the same standards as traditionally built and permitted ones are lawsuits waiting to happen. Given sprinklers can be excluded, none of these homes will be able to be insured. So, creating more homeless after the next big fire which will happen again. Besides, how many in our county want to be looking at yurts or communes in their backyard?

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    Posted on: 2020-09-22 13:29:36   By: Anonymous
     
    So basically, they want all the pallet and tarp built forts that were growing pot and cooking meth back now. The trashy RV's were better than that.

    The Butte Fire got rid of them, providing an opportunity to get our county cleaned up and add needed home taxes to the budget. WTF? Why are we going backwards?

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      Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:15:31   By: Anonymous
       
      Easy for you to say sitting in your huge house! I just want to build a small place so I don't have to rent anymore. What's wrong with that? I want enough property so no one will even see my home.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:19:01   By: Anonymous
     
    You do know that without a rule like this a property owner can't legally even use the wood from their own property?? Self milled lumber doesn't have a commercial grading stamp.

    This actually allows people to use the lumber already on their property!!! Great rule BOS!!!

    Finally so common sense that doesn't hurt the little guy

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-22 13:23:12   By: Anonymous
 
How are you going to insure that the owners stay in these nontraditional homes for three years? Is there manpower to inspect these homes for safety from an already stretched county budget? Sounds like the county, too, will be liable for cleaning up any abandoned, not unlike all the hoop houses left behind after the Green Rush ended. Cannot think of a better way to further reduce property value for those who've already worked hard to own their homes.

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    Posted on: 2020-09-22 13:59:03   By: Anonymous
     
    This is for pot growers and pot growers only. What bull for other's home values in the county. Another great move by the BOS.

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      Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:03:10   By: Anonymous
       
      OMG, I said earlier today how many laughs I get from moves by the BOS, even happier now that we left. As if there ain't enough ugly in Calaveras Co. already. LOL-LOL-LOL!
      When the heck is your next election??? Oh I can't stop laughing.

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        Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:20:55   By: Anonymous
         
        So allowing people to use their own judgement on the types of and expense of their home is wrong? I trust my neighbors to do the best for themselves! You should too!

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        Posted on: 2020-09-23 07:33:49   By: Anonymous
         
        ^^This just in. We're glad you left to.

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NO AirB&B!!!
Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:06:33   By: Anonymous
 
Hopefully these "owners" will have to LIVE in these homes and NOT rent them out on AirB&B, etc!!!

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    Re: NO AirB&B!!!
    Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:16:24   By: Anonymous
     
    The ordinances says owners have to live in them for 3 years

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      Re: NO AirB&B!!!
      Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:30:11   By: Anonymous
       
      Calaveras county is NOW officially a third world country. Pallet and tarp structures popping up are going to be the new normal? Nauseating. The BOS are the POS of Calaveras

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        Re: NO AirB&B!!!
        Posted on: 2020-09-22 15:12:58   By: Anonymous
         
        Maybe young families could afford to actually live in CA

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          Re: NO AirB&B!!!
          Posted on: 2020-09-22 16:24:38   By: Anonymous
           
          I guess out in the woods of West Point or similar. But where are the jobs to support a young family moving here?

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            Re: NO AirB&B!!!
            Posted on: 2020-09-22 20:14:05   By: Anonymous
             
            DEATH TO THE HMONG INVADERS

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-22 14:38:37   By: Anonymous
 
Just bringing in more SCUM BAGS and trash to dame lazy to get a real job and buy a real house man wake the F K UP

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    Posted on: 2020-09-22 15:15:22   By: Anonymous
     
    You need $100k in household income in CA to qualify for a home. So anyone making under $100k is just scum and should be forced to rent?

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      Posted on: 2020-09-22 18:24:56   By: Anonymous
       
      Sleepy Joe 200 million died of Covid!

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        Re:
        Posted on: 2020-09-22 18:27:31   By: Anonymous
         
        Too bad Obama used the bomb back in 13, Now the orange man is going to give you some MAGA in the form of another Justice ! What irony


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    Posted on: 2020-09-22 20:14:44   By: Anonymous
     
    Scumbag is one word inbred moron.

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No Subject
Posted on: 2020-09-23 06:27:23   By: Anonymous
 
Nice work Doug and BOS. First common sense move you’ve made yet. All the haters in the thread have obviously not tried to build a house.

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