City Council Members Pass Dwelling Emergency Ordinance

City Council members recently adopted an urgency ordinance, amending the South Pasadena Municipal Code to ensure that the City of South Pasadena maintains local control in making the process easier for individuals to build accessory buildings on local properties.

In September, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 1069 into law, significantly expanding an owner or developer to build a second residential dwelling unit on their property. The senate bill took effect on January 1, 2017…

“The state is working to increase the amount of housing inventory and one way to do it is to allow people who have large lots the ability to build a secondary unit that could be used by someone else,” explained South Pasadena City Manager Sergio Gonzalez. “A typical circumstance could mean that a family member or someone else could move into what’s called a granny flat. It’s complete separate unit, but attached to the principal property.”

A second unit or accessory dwelling unit (ADU) is defined as “an attached or detached residential dwelling unit which provides independent living facilities for one or more persons and includes permanent provisions for living, sleeping, eating, cooking, and sanitation on the same parcel as the single-family dwelling is situation,

“The City Council expressed concerns that state requirements are a lot more relaxed in terms of minimum lot size, parking requirements and size of unit that can be constructed.  Also concerns were raised about additional traffic that would be introduced in neighborhoods.  Bottom line, we continue to push for local control so that our Council can hear from our residents and adopt regulations accordingly.”

Gonzalez stressed that the planning commission as well as a few members of the City Council would like to revisit the issue “to find out if our restrictions are too strict and to see if we can find a middle ground to allow for an increase in housing inventory, while making sure that we protect the quality of life our residents have come to expect in South Pasadena.

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