Should the City Council refer to the City Manager to provide a report of potential revisions to the zoning code to foster a broader range of housing types across Berkeley, particularly missing middle housing types, in areas with access to essential components of livability and other services?
Should the City Council refer to the City Manager to bring back to Council a report of potential revisions to the zoning code to foster a broader range of housing types across Berkeley, particularly missing middle housing types (duplexes, triplexes/fourplexes, courtyard apartments, bungalow courts, townhouses, etc.), in areas with access to essential components of livability like parks, schools, employment, transit, and other services?
Report should include, but is not limited to:
- Identifying where missing middle housing is optimal;
- Allowing the possibility of existing houses/footprints/zoning envelopes to be divided into up to 4 units, potentially scaling the floor area ratio (FAR) to increase as the number of units increase on site, creating homes that are more affordable, saving and lightly modifying an older structure as part of internally dividing it into more than one unit;
- Excluding very high fire severity zones as defined by Cal Fire and/or City of Berkeley;
- Considering form-based zoning, which addresses the appropriate form, scale and massing of buildings as they relate to one another, as a potential strategy;
- Creating incentives to maintain family-friendly housing stock while adding more diversity and range of smaller units;
- Creating incentives for building more than one unit on larger than average lots; - Considering provision of tenant and vulnerable low-income homeowner protections, demolition controls, and no net loss provisions;
- Considering provisions that align with our land value recapture policy objectives to maximize affordability in Berkeley.
How would you like them to decide, and what would you like them to consider?