Community Development

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September Monthly Report 

The Community Development Department has released its monthly report. The report demonstrates that construction activity during September 2021 was lower than September 2020. However, the year-to-date numbers remain higher than the same nine-month period last year. Most of the permits issued were for ADU’s, along with a few new single-family houses. The planning division took in 14 new cases, which included three conditional use permits, and a tentative tract map for a 24-lot subdivision on Oak Avenue. On the business license side, the City issued 7 new business licenses, which included retail, a restaurant, office uses, and a beauty salon. Community preservation opened 84 cases this past month. The department also welcomed a second community preservation officer to the team during the past month.

SB-9 Atkins & Urban Lot Splits

On September 16, 2021, Senate Bill 9 (SB-9), was signed into law by the Governor.  SB-9 amended Section 66452.6 of, and added Sections 65852.21 and 66411.7 to, the California Government Code (Attachment “A”) to allow for urban lot splits.  These changes will require local agencies to approve applications to subdivide single-family zoned lots into a maximum of two lots and to allow the construction of two units on each new lot. In others words, an R-1 zoned, single-family lot, could potentially have four units.