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File #: 22-85    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Study Session Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 1/7/2022 In control: Council and Authorities Concurrent Meeting
On agenda: 1/25/2022 Final action:
Title: Joint City Council and Planning Commission Study Session on Senate Bill (SB) 9
Attachments: 1. SB 9 Overview/Checklist, 2. SB 9 FAQ's, 3. POST MEETING MATERIAL
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SUBJECT
Title
Joint City Council and Planning Commission Study Session on Senate Bill (SB) 9

Report
COUNCIL PILLAR
Promote and Enhance Economic, Housing and Transportation Development

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Senate Bill (SB) 9 (Atkins), signed into law by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021, effective January 1, 2022, preempts restrictions imposed by local jurisdictions to allow property owners within a single-family residential zone to build two units and/or to subdivide a lot into two parcels, for a total of four units.

The law also outlines how jurisdictions may regulate SB 9 projects. Jurisdictions may only apply objective zoning, subdivision, and design standards to these projects, and these standards may not preclude the construction of up to two units of at least 800 square feet each. Jurisdictions can conduct objective design review but may not have hearings for units that meet the state rules (with limited exceptions).

The purpose of this study session is to provide the Planning Commission and City Council with an overview of SB 9 and discuss some examples of how other jurisdictions have proposed to regulate SB 9 projects, and how the City of Santa Clara could adopt its own implementing ordinance with objective design, subdivision, and zoning standards.

BACKGROUND
SB 9 requires ministerial approval of the following development activities:
* Two-unit housing development - Two homes on an eligible single-family residential parcel (whether the proposal adds up to two new housing units or adds one new unit to one existing unit).
* Urban lot split - A one-time subdivision of an existing single-family residential lot into two parcels. This would allow up to a total of four units (unless a jurisdiction decides to allow additional units).

SB 9 applies to all single-family (R1-6L and R1-8L) residentially zoned properties within an urbanized area with several key exceptions:
* Environmentally sensitive areas
* Environmental hazard areas i...

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