Alameda City ADU / Granny Flat Ordinance

http://caladu.org/ordinance/alameda-city-02-13-2018.pdf

CITY OF ALAMEDA ORDINANCE NO. 3184

New Series

AMENDING CHAPTER XXX OF THE ALAMEDA MUNICIPAL CODE (ZONING ORDINANCE) TO MODIFY REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS AND RELATED RULES.

BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Alameda:

Findings.

In enacting this Section, the City Council finds as follows:

  1. The amendments maintain the integrity of the General Plan. The proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance related to accessory dwelling units are consistent with the City of Alameda’s housing goals, policies and programs. The amendments would help Alameda meet its housing needs objectives as specified in the General Plan Housing Element by reducing barriers for new accessory dwellings and encouraging new accessory units throúgh the conversion of accessory buildings where possible. The proposed amendment will also facilitate housing opportunities for households in a range of income groups, and for smaller households including seniors. Furthermore, the proposed amendment will assist with homeownership by enabling rental income to offset the costs of buying a home.

  2. The amendments will support the general welfare of the community. Accessory dwelling units provide an important source of affordable housing. By promoting the development of accessory dwellings, Alameda may ease a rental housing deficit, maximize limited land resources and existing infrastructure and assist low and moderate-income homeowners with supplemental income. Accessory dwelling units contribute to the local affordable housing stock and increase the City’s property tax base, all of which will enhance the general welfare for the Alameda community. In addition, accessory dwellings offer a means of adding housing units with minimal impacts on existing residential neighborhoods.

  1. The amendments are equitable. The proposed amendments are equitable in that they increase the opportunity for Alameda homeowners to add an accessory dwelling unit to their property. These amendments clarify and streamline regulations pertaining to accessory dwelling units, and they expand the number of properties in Alameda eligible to attain an accessory dwelling unit.

  1. The amendments are exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act. The proposed amendments are Statutorily Exempl from the requirements of CEQA pursuant to Section 15282(h) of the CEQA Guidelines, which exempts the adoption of ordinance revisions to comply with Government Code Section 65852.2.