Ordinance 2019-15

CITY OF SANTA CLARA
ORDINANCE 2019-15

AN ORDINANCE UPDATING THE SANTA CLARA CITY GENERAL PLAN

WHEREAS, the City Council of the City of Santa Clara met in regular session on December 11, 2019 to consider updating the Santa Clara City General Plan to include certain strategies to facilitate the development of moderate-income housing, and

WHEREAS, the 2019 State Legislature adopted a new state requirement for cities to update the Moderate-Income Housing element of their General Plan by selecting at least three strategies to further promote or facilitate the development of moderate-income housing, and

WHEREAS, the 2019 State Legislative Act includes a list of 23 possible strategies from which cities can choose which of the possible strategies best fits their community, and

WHEREAS, beginning in 2020, cities are required to provide an annual report to the state describing progress towards implementing strategies to facilitate the development of additional moderate-income housing, and

WHEREAS, the Planning Commission held a Public Hearing on November 14, 2019 on the proposed four strategies to be included in the City’s Moderate-Income Housing element of the General Plan, and recommends that those four strategies be adopted as part of the City’s General Plan, and

WHEREAS, after careful consideration and review the City Council has determined that it is in the best interest of the health, safety and welfare of the inhabitants of the City of Santa Clara to adopt the recommendation to update the Santa Clara City General Plan as proposed.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED by the City Council of the City of Santa Clara as follows:

Section 1. Findings. The City Council finds and determines the four strategies as follows:

1. Rezone for densities necessary to assure production of MIH.
2. Allow for reduce regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units in residential zones.
3. Allow for higher densities in mixed-use zones, commercial centers, or employment centers.
4. Implement zoning incentives for low to moderate income units in new developments.

See Exhibit “A” for details

Section 2. Adoption.

The City Council hereby approves and adopts the update to the Santa Clara City General Plan, and reflected therein, this Ordinance shall become effective on December 11, 2019.

PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED this 11th day of December 2019.

CITY OF SANTA CLARA

ATTEST: Rick Rosenberg, Mayor

Chris Shelley, City Recorder

 

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