In May 2018, the County updated local policy with the following actions to increase housing development in urban service areas:
- Increased the allowable residential floor area in mixed-use projects from 50 percent to 80 percent
- Delayed collection of fees until near occupancy, rather than at permitting
- Allowed small single room occupancy (SRO) projects as a permitted use and removed the existing 30-room limit for larger SRO projects
- Allowed transitional and supportive housing in all zoning districts that allow single-family dwellings
In October 2018, the Board approved further housing initiatives, including:
- Simplifying development standards for multi-family housing projects;
- Allowing higher densities near jobs and transit through provision of a new Workforce Housing Combining Zone;
- Providing for a new housing type called Cottage Housing Developments that will provide multi-unit housing in the style, scale, and size of single-family homes, in low- and medium-density neighborhoods;
- Allowing use of a new density unit equivalent concept to encourage more smaller rental units and fewer larger units; and
- Codifying the existing condominium conversion policy and providing better protections for residents in rental mobile home parks.
Read more about these actions
In early 2019, the County will consider sites in urban service areas for rezoning for higher density, affordable, or workforce housing.