The Planning, Land Use and Sustainability Committee covers comprehensive planning, zoning, design and land use regulations; incentive zoning and transit oriented development; and climate protection, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings and food policy.
Complete Committee Description
To provide policy direction and oversight and to deliberate and make recommendations on legislativeclark matters relating to:
planning and land use, including comprehensive planning, zoning, design, and land use regulations as well as incentive zoning and equitable transit oriented development; and
urban sustainability, including the Office of Sustainability and Environment, climate protection, stewardship, conservation programs, district energy, green buildings, and food policy.
Note: These dates are subject to change and committee deliberation unfolds. For a complete and official list of items before the PLUS committee, please see committee agendas, which are posted online 48 hours before scheduled meetings. You can sign-up to receive agendas here.
Land Use Code Omnibus Amendments
This proposed legislation would amend the City's Land Use Code to correct typographical errors, to correct section references, to clarify regulations, and to make minor amendments; and would amend the Wallingford Design Guidelines updating the title page and correcting the map of the Wallingford Planning Area Boundary.
In May 2014, the Council passed Ordinance 124475, which amended development standards applicable to undersized lots. That ordinance set out the Councilâ€™s intent to consider notice options for Lot Boundary Adjustments (LBAs). The PLUS Committee will receive a report back on that work in July 2015.
Issue information: The Cityâ€™s TRAO provides relocation assistance to low-income tenants who are displaced due to the demolition, substantial rehabilitation, or change of use of residential property. TRAO does not provide for assistance to tenants when they are displaced from housing as a result of rent increases. The City has seen an increased number of calls from tenants who contend a substantial rent increase was used as a tool to avoid TRAO. DPD can assess penalties for circumventing TRAO under some circumstances. Proposed changes would clarify that TRAO violations include using rent increases to circumvent compliance.
The PLUS Committee is also considering a change that would make term leases automatically convert to month-to-month leases at the end of the term to ensure that tenants are not required to move without Just Cause, as defined in the City's Just Cause Ordinance.
Finally, the PLUS committee is considering a change would standardize the number of days required for no-fault evictions. The proposal would increase notice from 20 to 90 days when an owner moves for eviction because the owner or a family member wants to move into the unit.