Cal City ponders zoning changes
CALIFORNIA CITY — Looking for a means of encouraging housing development on the city’s vast swaths of vacant parcels, the Planning Commission will consider a new zoning designation for “tiny homes,” super-small homes of up to 500 square feet built on permanent foundations.
The subject of discussion for the last several Commission meetings, the Commission on Tuesday will hold a public hearing for an ordinance establishing the tiny home zoning.
The Planning Commission meeting begins at 6 p.m. at City Hall, 21000 Hacienda Blvd.
An agenda with the full text of the proposed ordinance resolution is available on the city’s website, californiacity-ca.gov
The existing city code requires a minimum of 1,200 square feet for houses within residential single-family zoning districts. The proposed ordinance would allow, in some designated areas, homes of 200 to 500 square feet.
It would also allow for small
er homes of between 500 and 1,200 square feet.
Tiny homes, supported by solar power and septic systems and water systems of some kind, are seen by supporters as a means of utilizing the many vacant parcels in the city that do not have access to utilities.
Under the proposed ordinance, only one tiny home would be allowed on singlefamily parcels of less than 10,000 square feet.
They would also be allowed on multifamily residential zoned areas under the tiny home zoning overlay up to the maximum allowed density for the zone.
Despite their size, tiny and smaller homes are required to meet code requirements for sprinklers and adequate water supply for fire suppression.
According to the draft resolution, staff has identified eleven areas suitable for a zoning overlay for tiny and smaller homes which include extreme outlying areas that are mostly or totally unimproved, lack electrical power to the interior of the tracts, where builders find it difficult to obtain real estate loans and with high property tax default rates.
However, Tuesday’s discussion will focus only on creating the tiny home zoning designation; a future meeting will take up the issue of where such zones will be located.
Should the Commission approve the ordinance, it then must gain approval from the City Council before it may go into effect.