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Posted on: April 18, 2018

Urgency Ordinances: Small Lot Standards

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On October 24, 2017, to facilitate and expedite reconstruction following the October 2017 wildfires, the City Council adopted an urgency ordinance establishing the Resilient City (-RC) Combining Zoning District, to be applied to the base zoning of each property most severely impacted by the fires. As field surveys and new information became available, 21 additional properties with destroyed or damaged structures were identified outside of the -RC District boundaries. City Council unanimously adopted an urgency ordinance to add the -RC District to these properties. The ordinance went into effect immediately.

At the April 3, 2018 City Council meeting, a resident of the Coffey Park area requested that the Council consider amending the -RC Combining District to allow lots smaller than 6,000 square-feet to use the residential small lot development standards, which include reduced setbacks, among other standards. The Council directed staff to meet with residents of the area and bring a proposal back.On May 8, 2018, a motion was made to adopt the urgency ordinance, however, that motion failed by a vote of 3-2 (3 members voting in favor, with 2 members voting against the motion.) Because 5 affirmative votes are required to adopt an urgency ordinance, the motion failed and the ordinance was not adopted.

For additional information, please contact Jessica Jones, Supervising Planner, at (707) 543-3410 or

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