We have been incorporating feedback we received on our draft proposal, released on June 27, 2013, into our final draft proposal. On September 9, the City Council extended the interim controls an additional 6 months to give us the opportunity to release a final draft, take additional comments, and then forward final legislation to the City Council for their consideration. You can download the final draft ordinance and Director’s Report on our project documents page.
We are now preparing final legislation to submit to City Council.
Our proposal is based on a determination that some recent “infill” development on single-family lots has been out of character with the surrounding neighborhood and is inconsistent with our land use policy. We have reviewed the Land Use Code sections that regulate development on undersized lots and minimum lot area exceptions. The City put interim measures in place to prevent additional building on these small lots while we were studying this issue. While we generally support and encourage infill development, it should be consistent with the City’s Comprehensive Plan goals and policies.
We presented our preliminary recommendation for permanent standards to Council in March. We received many comments on those recommendations and we carefully considered them and modified parts of our proposal in response.
The Planning Land Use and Sustainability Committee of the City Council will consider the amendments first, followed by full Council consideration. The Council will hold a public hearing and additional public input will be sought at the Council meetings.
Our Land Use Code amendments will help promote new construction that fits in with the character of the surrounding neighborhoods.