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May 06, 2021



Millbrae is hoping to enact some rules around SB9-driven development as reported in the DJ:

Councilmembers expressed hope that a city ordinance would ensure potential new construction would mesh with existing homes. Agreed on provisions were a limit on the maximum unit size to 800 square feet, capping building heights at 16 feet and requiring front yards of at least 20 feet in depth. The affordability rule to be carried over requires that if the maximum of four units are developed, at least one be made affordable to residents who earn 80% or less of the county’s median income.

The council agreed also to prohibit roof decks, require at least 60% of front yards be landscaped, and require at least one covered parking space be added per unit where state law permits (SB 9 bars cities from mandating parking on projects within a half mile of public transit).

As possible additions to the ordinance, Councilmember Ann Schneider requested that new units be constructed with material saved during deconstruction if existing buildings are removed. She said neighbors should also be notified if an SB 9 project is planned near their homes.

The city’s rules will sit aside SB 9’s own requirements, among them that parcels not already in urban areas do not qualify, neither do those within historic and environmentally sensitive districts. Those who redevelop a lot must also live in one of the new units for at least three years from the time of submitting an application.


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