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Title: 21 - Coastal Zoning

Chapter: 00 - Residential Second Units

Section: 30 - Second single family unit

A second single-family unit may be permitted subject to the issuance of a building permit and a coastal development permit (unless exempt), subject to all of the following:

  1. The subject parcel is within an R, RR, FR, CR, A or AE zone district.
  2. The second unit is consistent with the allowable density of the applicable General Plan designation and Zoning designation. That is the subject parcel consists of a minimum of twice the minimum parcel size required by the general plan and zoning.
  3. The second unit must be situated on the subject parcel so that the parcel could be subdivided, under standards applicable at the time of application, without resulting in two dwellings on one parcel.
  4. The second unit shall comply with height, setback, lot coverage, architectural standards, site plan review, fees, charges and other zoning requirements generally applicable to residential placement in the zone in which the property is located at the time of application of the building permit.
  5. Each dwelling unit shall be provided with separate utility connections. A shared well may be approved by the health department if it will not have an adverse effect on coastal resources.
  6. Second residential units shall not obstruct public access to and along the coast or public trails.
  7. Second residential units shall not significantly obstruct public views from any public road, trail, or public recreation area to, and along the coast and shall be compatible with the character of the area.
  8. All development associated with second residential units shall provide adequate buffers from environmentally sensitive habitat areas consistent with all local coastal program requirements.
  9. The means of accommodating the Second Unit: (1) will not have an adverse effect on coastal resources (2) will ensure adequate services will be provided to serve the proposed development; and (3) will not displace Coastal Act priority uses.
  10. If the means for accommodating a second unit will have an adverse effect on coastal resources, will not ensure adequate services will be provided to serve proposed development, or will displace priority uses, the second unit shall be denied.


(Ord. 95-03 (part), 1995.)