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Single Family Home & Tree Regulation Updates

The City has adopted a more streamlined, affordable and predictable approval process for homeowners who would like to improve their single family homes. This effort was initiated in March 2014, and after more than three years of concentrated evaluation, significant public input, and numerous public meetings, modifications were made in the following general categories:

➤Single Family Design Review (SFDR) Standards
➤Tree Protection Updates
➤Parking Regulations
➤Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Requirements
➤Maximum Building Floor Area

The City’s goals were to:

➤ Establish a fair, objective, and predictable process
➤ Expand oversight of projects and ensure adequate design and technical review
➤ Facilitate improvements to aging housing stock to meet the needs of growing families
➤ Ensure residential projects provide sufficient parking
➤ Comply with mandatory State requirements for accessory dwelling units
➤ Establish standards for review of tree permits and provide greater protection for healthy, native trees

These goals were realized through modifications to the City Code and Zoning Ordinance, as provided in the following table.

Topic

Key Modifications

Links

Single Family Design Review (SFDR) Standards

(Adopted - February 2016)

  • Tiered SFDR Process – level of review commensurate with scope of projects
  • Objective Standards for SFDR Review
  • Design Criteria & Guidelines

FAQs

Section 13A

Guidelines

Criteria

Tree Protection

(Adopted - July 2017)

  • Promotes the retention of native trees and the planting of native and locally acclimated trees
  • Includes standards for review of tree removal permits
  • Establishes standard tree protection measures and a preferred tree species list for replanting

FAQs

Chapter 25

Review Criteria

Tree Protection

Preferred Species

Parking Regulations

(Adopted- June 2016)

  • Bases parking upgrade requirements on vehicle ownership and parking demand
  • Adds flexibility to the requirements for the type, size and location of parking facilities

FAQs

Section 8

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

(Adopted – May 2017)

  • Allows for ADUs pursuant with the standards required by State Law
  • Requires owner occupancy (as defined) and prohibits short term rentals
  • Establishes objective design standards and height/setback standards for detached units 

FAQs

Section 24

Maximum Building Floor Area

(Adopted – December 2016)

  • Maintains existing home size to slope-intensity requirements
  • Provides for a more rational, objective, and predictable floor area exception (FAE) process
  • Allows for somewhat larger homes on larger lots with additional setbacks
  • Establishes standards for review of privacy and private view impacts 

Section 4

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