FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Wednesday, January 13, 2022
SAN DIEGO – Today, the City of San Diego’s Land Use and Housing Committee unanimously approved the Homes for All of Us: Housing Action Package Amendments to the Municipal Code and Local Coastal Program Amendments. Through updates to the Land Development Code, the Housing Action Package aims to incentivize and promote new housing opportunities throughout the city that San Diegans of all income levels can afford.
“As housing prices and rents continue to rise, we must take action to ensure that San Diegans have housing opportunities that accommodate their needs,” said Committee Chair Vivian Moreno. “The ‘Homes For All Of Us’ Housing package contains critical updates to our city regulations that will allow more housing to be built for people of all income levels.”
Senate Bill 9 (SB 9 – which became effective January 1, 2022) is also known as the California Housing Opportunity & More Efficiency (HOME) Act. SB 9 provides new housing opportunities throughout the State by requiring each local jurisdiction to allow an urban lot split and construction of two units on each lot. SB 9 also allows local agencies to tailor some aspects of its implementation, including setback requirements, parking, urban tree canopy and development impact fees. The Housing Action Package includes additions and amendments to the Land Development Code to implement SB 9 and ensure the requirements align with the City’s existing Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations.
“Anything we can do to incentive production of units for moderate income families- particularly those with more than two bedrooms is critical because we need to make sure that people like teachers, nurses, firefighters, police officers, librarians, and many others have access to housing across every community in our city,” concluded Chair Moreno.
More information on the housing package can be found here. This item will now go to the City Council for approval.