As 2017 begins, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will start drafting codes to eventually enact strategies designed to allow more families to move into highly regarded neighborhoods currently zoned for single family residences. As the code is written, maps will be amended to correspond to concepts unanimously approved by the city council at its December 7 session.
The council voted on a report generated by just under 120 people testifying in person and some 550 letters and emails sent during the review. Amendments to the report came from testimony the council heard at its November 9 and 16 public hearings. The report and amendments are located online.
The object of the code additions is to discourage home demolitions while increasing housing choice in single-dwelling residential neighborhoods. Three policy areas are covered in the report: housing size, structure type and lot size. The council approved reducing the size of single-dwelling houses replacing larger houses that are demolished, while maintaining size limits for duplexes.
The range of housing types will remain the same, but the council directed the bureau to explore requirements and bonus unit allowances for age-friendly housing, affordability and additional tree preservation. Lot sizes will remain zoned R5, and smaller lots will not be built on even if vacant for more than five years, as current code allows.