Nov 29 2011

City Looks for Ways to Encourage Second Units

Public input wanted on new incentives and policy changes –

On Monday, December 12, 2011 the City of Piedmont Planning Commission will hold a hearing to discuss potential changes to the City’s Second Unit ordinances and receive public input.  Changes are being considered to promote extremely-low and low income units and streamline the application process.  A previous discussion occurred on November 14.  (see p. 25-26). During discussion, the following suggestions were made: (1) a re-examination of the square footage parameters for “low” and “very low” income second units with parking exception be conducted with the goal of increasing the size differential between these two types of units; (2) incentive options be developed to encourage more “extremely low” and “low” income units to be created; (3) consider ways to encourage second units to be included in new home construction applications and plans; (4) examine whether the City’s 10-year time period on restricted rent units discourages residents from creating second units.

Staff will introduce an analysis of existing second units and options for modifying city policy. The Commission may provide direction to staff but no final action will be taken. Future hearings will be held.

Public input is encouraged.  Questions and comments may be directed to Karen Black at or 510-420-3050.  Video will be on KCOM. A staff report will be available at least by December 9, 2011.

The Commission meeting will start at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, December 12, 2011 in City Hall Council Chambers and this item will be first on the agenda.


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