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Adopted Single-Issue Code Updates

The Policy and Ordinance Development (POD) team processes single-issue updates and amendments to the Land Development Code (LDC) on an as-needed basis. Single-issue updates may be processed separate from a comprehensive Code update for a variety of reasons, including time sensitivity and/or complexity. Information regarding past single-issue LDC updates can be found below.

2020 Updates

2020 Housing Legislation Code Update

This package of amendments addressed California State housing law requirements, including a number of bills passed at the end of 2019. These included changes to State density bonus, housing for the homeless, and accessory dwelling unit laws, along with other miscellaneous housing laws. The 2020 Housing Legislation Code Package amended the Land Development Code to implement and comply with State law, and included additional local amendments tailored to San Diego's specific housing needs. This item was approved on 10/27/2020 and signed by the Mayor on 10/30/2020. The effective date of this ordinance outside of the Coastal Overlay Zone is November 29, 2020. The ordinance will be in effect inside the Coastal Zone once certified by the California Coastal Commission, which is not anticipated to occur until the last quarter of 2021.

Cannabis Advertising Billboards

The amendments to the Municipal Code regulating the advertising of cannabis on billboards in order to help prevent the illegal consumption and purchase of cannabis or cannabis products by youth as well as have the ability to enforce regulations at the local level. This item was approved on 1/28/2020 and signed by the Mayor on 1/30/2020. The effective date of this ordinance is July 28, 2020.

Moderate Income

The amendments add regulations to incentivize construction of moderate income housing. This item was approved on July 30, 2020 and is in effect only outside the Coastal Zone.    PDF icon O-21222.pdf

2019 Updates

Mixed Use Zones

Final certification: 03/12/2020

Administrative Appeal Process

  • Final Certification: July 10, 2019

  • PDF icon O-20863: Administrative Appeal Process

  • The amendments clarified that when an appeal of a permit approval is withdrawn, a public hearing on the appeal is no longer required.

Live-Work Quarters Regulations

  • Final Certification: June 13, 2019

  • PDF icon O-20985: Live-Work Quarters Regulations

  • The amendments expanded the Live-Work Quarters use to two additional zones (CO-1 and CV-1); reduced the minimum floor area from 750 square feet to 500 square feet; increased the residential floor area ratio from 33 percent to 49 percent; no longer limited the use to artists or artisans; allowed commercial uses, offices, and the presence of employees provided they are overseen by the resident; and clarified that no additional parking is required.

Placemaking Regulations

  • Final Certification: February 14, 2020

  • PDF icon O-20928: Placemaking Regulations Amendments

  • O-21142: Placemaking Coastal Commission modification

  • The amendments established clear regulations for “placemaking,” a planning concept that refers to creating spaces that serve the needs of neighborhoods by enhancing streetscapes and allowing creative uses of public right-of-way or private property; particularly of land that is unused or underused, in order to create more vibrant and livable communities.

2018 Updates

Affordable Housing Regulations

Affordable Housing/In-Fill Projects and Sustainable Development

  • Final Certification: February 8, 2018

  • PDF icon O-20856: Affordable Housing/In-Fill Projects and Sustainable Development Amendments

  • The amendments revised the City's Expedite Program to incorporate new City initiatives, goals and strategies, which included increased and improved (1) housing affordability; (2) development in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods; (3) development near public transit; (4) sustainable development; (5) reduced permit and review process timelines; and (6) consistency with the Climate Action Plan.

Companion Unit/Junior Unit Regulations

Marijuana Production Facilities

  • Final Certification: February 8, 2018

  • PDF icon O-20858: Marijuana Production Facilities Amendments

  • The amendments allowed for the commercial cultivation, distribution and storage, production and testing of medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana products in accordance with Proposition 64.

Testing and Marijuana Production Facilities

  • Final Certification: February 8, 2018

  • PDF icon O-20859: Testing and Marijuana Production Facilities Amendments

  • The amendments allowed for the issuance of conditional use permits for the commercial cultivation, distribution and storage, production of medical and recreational marijuana and marijuana products, and to allow testing labs for medical and recreational marijuana products by-right in accordance with Proposition 64.

 

2017 Updates

Marijuana Regulations

  • Final Certification: October 12, 2017

  • PDF icon O-20793: Marijuana Regulations Amendments

  • The amendments updated the medical marijuana consumer cooperative land use regulations in accordance with Proposition 215 to apply to the retain or all marijuana.

Affordable Density Bonus Regulations

  • Final Certification: March 8, 2017

  • PDF icon O-20673: Affordable Density Bonus Regulations Amendments

  • The amendments further incentivized the construction of affordable housing through the Affordable Housing Density Bonus Regulations by (1) increasing the maximum density bonus available; (2) increasing the maximum number of incentives; (3) reducing the decision process level when a Planned District Ordinance permit is required; (4) reducing the parking ratio in high transit frequency areas, consistent with AB 744; and (5) allowing the affordable units to be located off-site, subject to certain criteria.