Cal City pon­ders zon­ing changes

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - Front Page - By AL­LI­SON GATLIN Val­ley Press Staff Writer

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.

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