Accessory Dwelling Unit Changes Proposed
Posted on 12/19/2019

The Planning Commission and City Council will soon consider changes to bring the City's regulations regarding Accessory Dwelling Units into conformance with new state laws.

At its regular meeting on Monday, January 13th at 5:30PM, the Planning Commission voted to recommend amending Chapter 17 (Planning and Land Use) of the City Code to conform the City’s regulations regarding Accessory Dwelling Units to new state laws and make a recommendation to the City Council.

The City Council will consider the proposed ordinance and the recommendation of the Planning Commission and could approve the first reading of the ordinance at its regular meeting on January 21st at 7:30PM.

Background

On January 1, 2020, new state laws come into effect which limit a local jurisdiction’s ability to regulate Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The provisions affected by the changes to state law include, but are not limited to: ministerial review of all ADU permit applications, off-street parking requirements, unit size limitations, application approval timelines, owner occupancy, and the allowance for junior accessory dwelling units (JADUs), ADUs on multi-family properties and ADUs that must be approved by-right. Local laws which do not conform to these new state standards are preempted and cannot be enforced. City staff has developed the proposed ordinance which will be considered by the Planning Commission and the City Council to conform Piedmont’s ADU regulations to the new state law.

Documents 

Notice of Planning Commission and City Council Meetings

Planning Commission Meeting - January 13, 2020

City Council Meeting - January 21, 2020

Public Engagement

The opportunity for public input is available throughout this process. Interested members of the public are encouraged to attend the public meetings. Both the Planning Commission meeting on January 13, 2020 and the City Council meeting on January 21, 2020 will be televised live on KCOM-TV, the City’s government access TV station and available through streaming video on the KCOM meeting video page.

Written comments regarding the proposed ordinance may be sent to the City Council and Planning Commission via email to: citycouncil@piedmont.ca.gov. Comments intended for the Planning Commission’s consideration should be submitted by 5 p.m., Thursday, January 9, 2020. To send comments via U.S. Mail, please use the following address: Piedmont City Council c/o City Clerk, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611. If you have questions about the proposed ordinance, please contact Planning & Building Director Kevin Jackson by email at kjackson@piedmont.ca.gov. Any correspondence sent to the City will be considered a public record.