SB9 Q&A Now Available
This new law that goes into effect on January 1, 2022, requires that a city or county ministerially* approve without discretionary review or a hearing either or both of the following in urban areas as defined, (subject to a number of exceptions and conditions):
A housing development of no more than two units in a single-family zone (duplex**).
The subdivision of an owner occupied parcel zoned for residential use, into two approximately equal parcels (“lot split”) as long as neither parcel is less than 1200 square feet and the owner agrees to owner occupy one of the units for three years.
*Ministerial Approval background – There are generally two types of housing projects: Those that require discretionary vetting through public hearings and those that require only “ministerial” approval by the city or county planning staff, without further approval from elected officials. More context available in the Q&A.
** The use of the term duplex for two units does not mean or imply that the two units must be connected.
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