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File #: 2020-7701   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Planning Board
On agenda: 2/10/2020
Title: Proposed Citywide Text Amendments to the City of Alameda Zoning Ordinance (AMC Chapter 30) to modify Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations to comply with state law and make other administrative, technical, and clarifying amendments pertaining to appeals and Youth Centers definition. Applicant: City of Alameda. Public hearing to consider proposed amendments to Alameda Municipal Code Chapter 30. The proposed amendments are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15282(h), 15061(b)(3), and 15183 and Public Resources Code section 21080.17
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 Draft Ordinance
Title

Proposed Citywide Text Amendments to the City of Alameda Zoning Ordinance (AMC Chapter 30) to modify Accessory Dwelling Unit regulations to comply with state law and make other administrative, technical, and clarifying amendments pertaining to appeals and Youth Centers definition. Applicant: City of Alameda. Public hearing to consider proposed amendments to Alameda Municipal Code Chapter 30. The proposed amendments are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Sections 15282(h), 15061(b)(3), and 15183 and Public Resources Code section 21080.17

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To: Honorable President and
Members of the Planning Board

From: Allen Tai, City Planner

Date: February 10, 2020

BACKGROUND

On January 1, 2020, several chaptered bills pertaining to ADUs that restrict local jurisdictions' ability to regulate ADUs became operative, including Senate Bill 13, Assembly Bill 68, Assembly Bill 881, and Assembly Bill 587. Collectively, these bills update development standards and permit requirements for ADUs and specify requirements for local ordinances. The new ADU laws became effective on January 1, 2020. Pending adoption of this ordinance, the Planning, Building and Transportation Department is implementing ADU permit procedures consistent with new state law.

Staff has prepared draft text amendments to the Alameda Municipal Code (AMC) Chapter 30 (Zoning Regulations) to modify existing ADU regulations to comply with new state law. In addition, staff proposes minor clarifying amendments pertaining to appeals and to delete the Youth Centers definition in the cannabis land use regulations. Staff recommends the Planning Board hold a public hearing and recommend City Council adoption of the draft Ordinance (Exhibit 1).

DISCUSSION

ADU Amendments to Comply with State Law
Since 2017, the City has approved 114 ADU applications with 32 ADUs actually constructed. While the number of ADUs has grown in the p...

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