Following a public workshop July 11, the Planning Department is soliciting public input on accessory dwelling units. Staff is gathering the comments ahead of a Sept. 12 Planning Commission meeting.
During the workshop, members of the public and Planning Commissioners spoke to updates Del Mar must make to its ADU ordinance to comply with State law.
Participants also commented upon proposals to approach the implementation of three required Housing Element programs to create 15 low-income ADUs by 2029.
With limited exceptions, State policies override local control on ADUs. The State prohibits local, discretionary review and sets its own standards for size, height, setbacks and parking. Permit applications face administrative review only.
A local ordinance may only include objective design standards that are measurable, verifiable and involve no subjective judgement. The State prohibits local agencies from imposing special requirements such as noticing, story poles and private scenic view protection.
As Del Mar updates its ADU ordinance, separate ordinances are being prepared that identify incentives to create ADUs for low-income occupants, establish an amnesty program for existing, unpermitted ADUs, and create regulations for tiny homes. The Planning Commission and City Council will consider the programs this fall.
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