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Board of Supervisors Approves Second Set of Housing Initiatives

Published:  October 30, 2018

On October 23, 2018, the Board of Supervisors approved a set of changes to the Sonoma County Zoning Code to expand opportunities for housing development in designated urban service areas. They allow for a new housing type called Cottage Housing Developments that will allow several small cottages to be built on a single lot in the style, scale, and size of single-family homes. The changes also introduce new simplified development standards for multi-family development, including a new density unit equivalent concept that will encourage the development of more, smaller units but provide for the same number of people. The changes also establish a new Workforce Housing Combining District to allow higher density housing near jobs and transit. 

Also included in this package were improved protections for rental housing through a condominium conversion ordinance and protections for residents in rental mobile home parks when a park is converted to an ownership park. None of the Code changes are applicable within city limits, or in the coastal zone.

The changes will become effective on November 22, 2018.

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