BY SARA TABIN
Daily Post Staff Writer
A Palo Alto lawyer is suing Los Altos because the city won’t let him add an accessory dwelling unit, or granny unit, to his house.
Peter Brewer, of Brewer Oxford & Pedersen LLP, is representing himself in the lawsuit.
He said Los Altos is engaging in “flagrant NIMBYism” by preventing people from building granny units.
Brewer says he applied to build an 800-square-foot granny unit for his home at 49 Lyell St. in August 2018. City planners said that was too big, so he reduced the size to 624 square feet.
Even though Brewer reduced the size, the unit was rejected by the city’s design review commission in February 2019.
His appeal to council was denied, so he sued. “(Los Altos) seems to do everything in their power to stop the development of ADUs,” said Brewer. “The state considers ADUs to be an important solution to the housing crisis.”
City Attorney Chris Diaz did not respond to an emailed request for comment yesterday afternoon.