Oct 9 2010

Hearing on State Changes to City’s Housing Element

The California State Department of Housing and Community Development has provided an official response to Piedmont’s Draft Housing Element.  The State’s response letter discusses:

  • the need to demonstrate an ability to accommodate emergency shelter needs in Zone B (public and open space) or, if not, other zones.
  • the need to treat transitional and supportive housing as a residential use subject only to the same permitting processes as other housing in each zone, without undue special regulatory requirements.
  • the possibility of prohibiting single family use in commercial and multi-family zones.

The Piedmont Planning Commission will discuss the State’s response at their meeting on Monday, October 11, 2010 at Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.The meeting begins 5 p.m. Discussion of this issue is Item #9 on the agenda. The current Planning Commission’s agenda is available here. Residents may direct comments or questions to City Planner Kate Black at kblack@ci.piedmont.ca.us or 510-420-3063.

There is  additional information on this topic in this recent PCA post about the Draft Housing Plan Piedmont’s 2010-2014 General Plan Housing Element.

Background: The Piedmont Zoning Ordinance establishes five zones: one commercial zone (D), one public and open space zone (B), and three residential zones: Zone A – single family with 10,000 sq. ft. minimum lot size, Zone C – multi-family allowing up to one dwelling unit per 2,000 sq. ft. of lot area, and Zone E – single family with 20,000 sq. ft. minimum lot size.

More information:  July 12, 2010 Staff Report on Housing Element .

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