Second Units

Second units provide an important source of affordable housing for persons and families of low and moderate income. The City permits second units ministerially, but restricts the location second units to only 3 of the 14 community planning areas due to historic infrastructure capacity issues. During the first 18 months of the planning period (January 2006 through June 2008), the City approved 17 second units and projects that 68 second units will be approved through the end of the planning period (2014). In addition, infrastructure improvements have increased capacity in these areas. As part of the Development Code update, the City will significantly expand the area where second units are allowed to all areas of the community. This change will be publicized through an outreach program. As a result, the City is projecting that an additional 68 second units will be permitted, for a total of 136 second units during the planning period.