Archive for December, 2016

PlanCheckNC December Meeting Report

December 20th, 2016

Minutes: Dec. 4, 2016
Chair: Cindy Cleghorn –
Planning Dept. external relations staff (NCs, CDs, Plan Comm): Yeghig Keshishian (213) 978-1324

Accessory Dwelling Units: Presentation
Matthew Glesne, Planning Dept.-Housing Unit (213) 978-2666

Original State Law in 1982, revised in 2003 to force cities to enact their own laws. Most ignored, so a revised State Law takes effect in Jan. 2017. Goal is to increase housing via a fast, by-right process.
§  Cities are allowed to reduce maximum size (State’s maximum size is 1,200 sf).
§  Eliminated 10-ft. separation between buildings (Fire no longer requires).
§  No parking required if within 0.5 miles of transit stop or in historic district.
§  Cities cannot create restrictions for only ADUs, all restrictions must be citywide in the zoning code.

City proposal
Previous City ordinance was illegal because it required a discretionary approval CUP (State requires a by-right permit).
604 ADUs permitted since 2000, and only 400 issued (more…)

Accessory Dwelling Units

December 10th, 2016

Matthew Glesne, Housing Planner at the Department of City Planning presented the latest updates at the December 10 PlanCheckNC meeting on the draft Accessory Dwelling Unit ordinance CPC-2016-4345-CA that will be at the City Planning Commission Public Hearing on Thursday, December 15, 2016.

On September 27th, 2016, Governor Brown signed two accessory dwelling unit bills into State law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2299 and Senate Bill (SB) 1069 that amended the State’s existing second unit law (Government Code Section 65852.2). These amendments to the existing second unit law go into effect on January 1, 2017. The new version of State law makes clear that City ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and that, until which time a jurisdiction adopts its own ordinance, in accordance with State law, the state standards specified in section 65852.2 shall be enforced.

On Thursday the City Planning Commission will hear testimony regarding the City’s  code amendment to add a new sub (more…)