What do you think about proposed code changes for accessory dwelling units (ADUs), commonly called "granny flats" and "in-law units"?
The City of Vallejo Community and Economic Development Department, Planning Division is interested in receiving your feedback on proposed revisions to the Zoning Ordinance addressing new State requirements for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), previously known as “Second Family Dwelling Units”, and commonly known as in-law units or granny flats.
The Vallejo Zoning Ordinance was amended in June 2003 in compliance with State requirements for Second Units. In recognition of the growing need for affordable rental housing in California, the State has recently adopted “new” standards for ADUs. Effective January 1, 2017, local agencies are required to comply with the new State standards until an amendment or new ordinance for that agency is adopted. Although Vallejo is currently updating its Zoning (Development) Code, the proposed 2017 ADU Ordinance will provide guidance for consideration of ADUs in the City until the new Development Code is adopted.
Key changes include the following:
- All residentially zoned areas of the City are applicable.
- The maximum ADU size is increased from 640 square feet to 1,200 square feet; however, the ADU size cannot be more than 50% of the primary unit’s size.
- No additional parking space is required if (1) the ADU is 500 square feet or less; (2) on-street parking permits are required in the area; (3) a car share vehicle is within one block; (4) the property is within ½ mile of a transit stop; or (5) the property is in an historic district.
For further information, please contact Michelle Hightower, Senior Planner, at (707) 648-4506 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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