May 9 2022

Housing Element: Thursday, May 12, Special Plan Commission 5:30 p.m.

Special Planning Commission Meeting – Thursday – May 12, 2022

The City of Piedmont is moving ahead with a new Housing Element.    Few Piedmonters have trudged through the almost 400 page Draft Housing Element containing profound suggested changes to Piedmont zoning.  The proposal suggests ending the Piedmont City Charter requirement of Piedmont voter control over zoning.
Piedmont’s Planning Commission will hold a hybrid, in-person and virtual meeting on May 12, 2022, at 5:30 pm to consider a recommendation on the Draft Piedmont 6th Cycle Housing Element. On April 8, 2022, the City of Piedmont published the Draft Housing Element for public review and comment. The Draft Housing Element is posted to the homepages of the City of Piedmont website and Other formats are available upon request to the City. 


Agenda and participation information >Planning 2022-05-12 Special Meeting


2 Responses to “Housing Element: Thursday, May 12, Special Plan Commission 5:30 p.m.”

  1. This Thursday’s meeting is at 5:30pm
    Here’s a link to participate via zoom:

    Here’s how to participate by audio only: Dial (669) 900-9128 and enter webinar/meeting number 891-6298-3844

    Consider reading Piedmont’s founding document…the City Charter for the City of Piedmont.

    From my reading, I don’t see language that supports the City of Piedmont responsibility to resolve a regional and state housing issue.

    Selected Citations:
    “The powers of the City under this Charter shall be construed liberally in favor of the City…” “The City of Piedmont is primarily a residential city, and the City Council shall have power to establish a zoning system within the City as may in its judgement be most beneficial….” “No zone shall be reduced or enlarged and no zones reclassified unless a majority of the voters voting upon the same shall vote in favor thereof…”

  2. Here’s what’s in the Draft Housing Element. If you need more time to comprehend this, simply request the Planning Commission to extend the public hearing to its next regular meeting. By which time, staff could give some brief context to each of these policies and programs, something which is routinely done for policy documents.

    Goal 1 Policies
    • Policy 1.1: Adequate Sites
    • Policy 1.2: Housing Diversity
    • Policy 1.3: Promoting Residential Use
    • Policy 1.4: Context-Appropriate Programs
    • Policy 1.5: Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Policy 1.6: Accessory Dwelling Units in New or Expanded Homes
    • Policy 1.7: Housing in Commercial Districts
    • Policy 1.8: Mobile and Manufactured Housing
    • Policy 1.9: Maintaining Buildable Lots
    • Policy 1.10: Lot Mergers
    • Policy 1.11: Intergovernmental Coordination
    • Policy 1.12: Multi-family Housing City Service Fee
    • Policy 1.13: Remediation Grants
    Goal 1 Programs
    • Program 1.A: Vacant Land Inventory
    • Program 1.B: Market-Rate Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Program 1.C: Public Engagement for Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Program 1.D: Allow Religious Institution Affiliated Housing Development in Zone A
    • Program 1.E: Require ADUs for New Single-Family Residence Construction
    • Program 1.F: Increase Allowances for Housing in Zone B
    • Program 1.G: Facilitating Multi-family Development in Zone C
    • Program 1.H: Increase Allowances for Housing in Zone D
    • Program 1.I: Lot Mergers to Facilitate Housing in Zone C and D
    • Program 1.J: SB 9 Facilitation Amendments
    • Program 1.K: City Services Impact Fee for Multi-family Housing
    • Program 1.L: Specific Plan
    • Program 1.M: Manufactured and Mobile Homes
    • Program 1.N: Municipal Services Parcel Study Tax
    • Program 1.O: Gas Station Remediation Study
    • Program 1.P: General Plan Amendments

    Goal 2 Policies
    • Policy 2.1: Encouraging Private Reinvestment
    • Policy 2.2: Public Funds for Housing Maintenance
    • Policy 2.3: Availability of Small, More Affordable Homes
    • Policy 2.4: Code Enforcement
    • Policy 2.5: Use of Original Materials
    • Policy 2.6: Preservation of Multi-Family Housing
    • Policy 2.7: Home Occupations
    • Policy 2.8: Conservation of Rental Housing Opportunities
    Goal 2 Programs
    • Program 2.A: CDBG Funding
    • Program 2.B: Availability of Small Homes
    • Program 2.C: Use of Original Materials and Construction Methods
    • Program 2.D: Condominium Conversions
    Goal 3 Policies
    • Policy 3.1: Rent-Restricted Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Policy 3.2: Occupancy of Permitted Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Policy 3.3: Legalization of ADUs
    • Policy 3.4: Accessory Dwelling Unit Building Regulations
    • Policy 3.5: Density Bonuses
    • Policy 3.7: Room Rentals
    • Policy 3.8: Inclusionary Housing
    Goal 3 Programs
    • Program 3.A: Affordable Accessory Dwelling Unit Public Information Campaign
    • Program 3.B: Increase Number of Legal Accessory Dwelling Units
    • Program 3.C: Monitoring Accessory Dwelling Unit Missed Opportunities
    • Program 3.D: Monitoring Additional Accessory Dwelling Unit Development Opportunities
    • Program 3.E: Affordable Housing Fund
    • Program 3.F: Incentives for Rent-Restricted ADUs
    • Program 3.G: Inclusionary Housing
    Goal 4 Policies
    • Policy 4.1: Communicating Planning and Building Information
    • Policy 4.2: Planning and Building Standards
    • Policy 4.3: Expeditious Permitting
    • Policy 4.4: Updating Standards and Codes
    • Policy 4.5: Code Flexibility
    • Policy 4.6: Housing Coordinator
    • Policy 4.7: Infrastructure Maintenance
    • Policy 4.8: Infrastructure Prioritization for Lower Income Housing
    • Policy 4.9: Housing Finance Programs

    Goal 4 Programs
    • Program 4.A: Media Strategy
    • Program 4.B: Home Improvement Workshops
    • Program 4.C: Building Code Updates and Ongoing Enforcement
    • Program 4.D: Fee Review
    • Program 4.E: Temporary Staff Additions
    • Program 4.F: Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) Updates
    • Program 4.G: Monitoring the Effects of the City Charter
    • Program 4.H: Consider Modifications to Charter Regarding Zoning Amendments
    • Program 4.I: Health and Safety Code 17021.5 Compliance
    • Program 4.J: Small Lot Housing Study
    • Program 4.K: Small Lot Affordable Housing Study
    • Program 4.L: Allow Parking Reductions for Multi-Family, Mixed-Use, and Affordable Projects
    • Program 4.M: Facilitate Multi-Family and Residential Mixed-Use Projects by Right Subject to
    Objective Standards
    • Program 4.N: Allow Transitional and Supportive Housing by Right in Zones that Allow Residential
    • Program 4.O: Allow Low Barrier Navigation Centers by Right in Zones that Allow Residential
    • Program 4.P: Residential Care Facilities
    • Program 4.Q: Parking Reductions for Persons with Disabilities, Seniors, and Other Housing
    • Program 4.R: Permit Streamlining
    • Program 4.S: Prioritize Sewer Hookups for Residential Development for Lower-Income Housing
    • Program 4.T: Establish Standards for Emergency Shelters
    Goal 5 Policies
    • Policy 5.1: Retrofits for Diminished Mobility of Piedmont Residents
    • Policy 5.2: Accessory Dwelling Units, Shared Housing, and Seniors
    • Policy 5.3: Reasonable Accommodation
    • Policy 5.4: Extremely Low-Income Residents
    • Policy 5.5: Regional Approaches to Homelessness
    • Policy 5.6: Foreclosure
    • Policy 5.7: Persons with Disabilities
    Goal 5 Programs
    • Program 5.A: Shared Housing Publicity and Media Initiative
    • Program 5.B: Shared Housing Matching Services
    • Program 5.C: Assistance to Nonprofit Developers
    • Program 5.D: Accommodations for Disabled Persons
    • Program 5.E: Housing Support for Families in Crisis
    • Program 5.F: EveryOne Home
    • Program 5.G: Faith Community Participation
    • Program 5.H: Housing for Extremely Low-Income Individuals and Households

    • Program 5.I: Housing for Extremely Low-Income Families
    • Program 5.J: Developmentally Disabled Residents
    • Program 5.K: Transitional and Supportive Housing for Extremely Low-Income Residents
    Goal 6 Policies
    • Policy 6.1: Energy-Efficient Design
    • Policy 6.2: Energy-Efficient Materials
    • Policy 6.3: Weatherization
    • Policy 6.4: Renewable Energy
    • Policy 6.5: Energy Retrofits
    • Policy 6.6: Housing and Climate Change
    • Policy 6.7: Water Conservation
    Goal 6 Programs
    • Program 6.A: Title 24 and Reach Codes
    • Program 6.B: Green Housing
    • Program 6.C: Renewable Energy Funding Assistance
    • Program 6.D: Financial Assistance
    Goal 7 Policies
    • Policy 7.1: Housing Choice
    • Policy 7.2: County Fair Housing Program

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