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File #: 21-499    Version: 1 Name: Multi-Family Development Standards Update - Options to Consider
Type: Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready
In control: Planning Commission and Board of Zoning Adjustments
Meeting Date: 9/2/2021 Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Multi-Family Development Standards Project Update
Sponsors: Tom Liao
Related files: 20-349, 21-416
Multi-Family Development Standards Project Update

Staff and the consultant team will present a status update for the Multi-Family Development Standards Zoning Code Amendment Project. No formal actions related to this project are agendized at this time.


As California's housing supply and homelessness crisis continues, the State has taken a number of actions aimed at reducing barriers to the creation of housing. Through the "Building Homes and Jobs Act" Planning Grants Program (SB2), the State has provided grant funding for the City to evaluate the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance to develop objective design and development standards intended to stimulate high quality multi-family residential and mixed-use development. The City hired a consultant team led by Miller Planning Associates with support by Urban Field Studio and Lexington Planning to assist with this effort.


The Multi-Family Development Standards Project will establish new objective design and development standards for each Zoning District that accommodates multi-family and/or mixed-use development. Objective standards will provide property owners and developers with greater predictability and will help streamline the development review process in accordance with recent changes in state law.

The project is in the option exploration phase, consisting of exploring options for updated standards to accomplish project objectives of stimulating high quality multi-family residential and mixed-use development while addressing key findings of the analysis and assessment project phase.

During this phase, two primary outreach events were conducted to get input on options for consideration. A live, on-line interactive workshop was held on July 29, 2021 via Zoom. The purpose of the workshop was to receive input on options to consider for updated Zoning standards to achieve high quality multi-family and mixed-use development. Approximately 20 community members participa...

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