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File #: 19-227    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 3/1/2019 Departments: PLANNING AND BUILDING
On agenda: 3/26/2019 Final action: 3/26/2019
Title: Adopt an ordinance amending the County's Second Unit Regulations, Chapter 22.5 of the Zoning Regulations, to comply with State law, improve consistency and clarity, and further facilitate production of second units, previously introduced at the Planning Commission on February 13, 2019, and waiving the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.
Attachments: 1. 20190326_es_ Amended Second Unit Regulations .pdf, 2. 20190326_att_Attachment A - Second Unit Redline Markup.pdf, 3. 20190326_o_Amended Second Unit Regulations.pdf
Special Notice / Hearing: None__
Vote Required: Majority

To: Honorable Board of Supervisors
From: Steve Monowitz, Community Development Director
Subject: An ordinance amending the County's Second Unit Regulations, Chapter 22.5 of the Zoning Regulations, to comply with State law, improve consistency and clarity, and further facilitate production of second units
County File Number: PLN 2019-00003

RECOMMENDATION:
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Adopt an ordinance amending the County's Second Unit Regulations, Chapter 22.5 of the Zoning Regulations, to comply with State law, improve consistency and clarity, and further facilitate production of second units, previously introduced at the Planning Commission on February 13, 2019, and waiving the reading of the ordinance in its entirety.

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BACKGROUND:
In 2017, the Planning Commission recommended, and the Board of Supervisors adopted, a comprehensive update to the County's Second Unit Regulations (Chapter 22.5 of the Zoning Regulations). The update was intended to bring the County's regulations into compliance with State law, and, consistent with the State's mandate, to facilitate production of second units in unincorporated San Mateo County.

Since adoption of the updated regulations, there have been additional changes to State law, and implementation of the new regulations has also highlighted a number of issues:

* At the time of adoption, the revised regulations included a number of State-mandated standards that were ambiguous. The State has since promulgated guidance that clarifies a number of these issues, allowing staff to propose additional changes or refinements to the regulations that better address the State's intent, and in some cases restore a degree of County discretion.

* The 2017 update incorporated regulations that, as written, proved problematic, or were difficult to implement as intended in specific situations.

* Application of the regulations has revealed some conflicts between the new stan...

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