Permit Sonoma is introducing several housing initiatives designed to reduce constraints to housing production and to provide broader options for permanent housing solutions. The first set of initiatives, approved by the Board of Supervisors on 08 May, 2018, included changes to accessory dwelling units, single-room occupancy projects, mixed-use projects, the timing of fee collection, and special needs housing types.
The update to the accessory dwelling unit ordinance is to encourage the construction of accessory dwelling units of various sizes on appropriate properties. The proposed changes include allowing up to 1,200 square feet for units intended to house families, while also incentivizing the construction of smaller accessory dwelling units by reducing the impact fees.
The series of housing initiatives is intended to provide more opportunities and better certainty to housing developers in order to reduce risk and increase investment in order to meet the County's ambitious housing production goals of 30,000 new units by 2023.