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City Council Presented With 2019 State Housing Legislation Update

Post Date:01/19/2020 8:45 AM

Across the state of California, cities face significant housing affordability and supply challenges. Over the past decade, on average, less than half the number of houses needed have been constructed annually. The City of Vista throughout this time has established local guidelines and zoning limits to plan responsibly for new growth. 

In 2019, in an effort to address some of the housing shortages, State lawmakers approved several housing-related bills which were signed by the Governor and became law on January 1, 2020. Several laws were created to increase housing density in cities. During their regularly scheduled City Council meeting on January 14, 2020, City staff presented an update on the State of California’s housing legislation and explained how this will impact cities across the state, including in the City of Vista.

Beginning, January 1, 2020, California cities, including the City of Vista, cannot regulate a minimum lot size of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), which are sometimes referred to as "granny flats". These ADUs are now permitted in multi-family and mixed use zones. Cities must allow one ADU and one junior ADU (converted garage or addition to a home) on any single-family lot; and a city cannot require parking for an ADU within a half mile of a bus stop. 

The City of Vista will work to update its ADU program to be compliant with state law and compatible with local restrictions, as well.   

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