The project consists of updates to the City’s land use plan, zoning code, zoning map, and adoption of a palette of colors to be used in multi-family residential projects. The primary purpose of the changes is to implement the rezoning/overlay zones required by the City’s Housing Element in accordance with a program reviewed and approved by HCD to provide for immediate implementation of the zoning to make the Inventory Sites available and approve affordable projects ministerially.
Both the land use plan and zoning, and related land use map and zoning map are amended to include new land use designations and zoning for the four overlay zones and very high residential zone that were identified in the Housing Element. Additionally, a new land use zone was created for the already developed mixed-use area of the Artesia Corridor Specific Plan area.
In addition to revising the Land Use Plan and map to include new land use designations, the Land Use Plan was also updated to reflect changed circumstances and statistical updates. Changes were also made to land use designations as to the maximum amount of density allowed so there would be correlation between the zoning and land use in accordance with what was originally intended.
In addition to amending the zoning code and zoning map to include the new zoning, additional changes to the zoning code including:
• Eliminate unit size requirements, except to retain a 400 sf minimum.
• Add new chapters for R-6, Overlay, and Artesia Mixed Use zones with development standards
• Revise chapter on Site Plan Review to modify required findings.
• Add new chapter creating ministerial design review process that will apply to affordable housing projects and 2-unit developments.
• Revise chapter on General Provisions to create objective standards and add additional provisions relating to residential design criteria that will apply to all housing development of 2 or more units. The design criteria include a color palette to be adopted by resolution.
• Eliminate the possibility of single-family homes in the R-3 zone and set a minimum density of 12 du/acre.
• Eliminate the mid-range density in the R-4 and MUO zones so that all properties in these zones with a minimum size of 0.5 acre will be allowed to develop at up to 30 units per acre.
• Reduce the minimum lot size to develop an MUO designated property with residential to 0.5 acre rather than 1 acre.
The approvals also include rescission of the Artesia Corridor Specific Plan and a change of land use and zoning designations for the 6 areas within the plan.