California Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) and Senate Bill 10 (SB 10)

​​​On September 16, 2021, Governor Newsom signed several bills into law aimed at increasing housing production, strealining housing permitting, and increasing density. Below is a summary of the bills that County staff are working on.

California Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) 

Effective Date: January 1, 2022

This Bill requires that local agencies must ministerially approve two residential units on a parcel with a single-family residential zoning designation within the urbanized area or urban cluster, as designated by the US Census, if the development meets specific objective criteria. The Bill also requires ministerial review to subdivide one lot into two lots within a single-family residential zone (urban lot split) and to permit up to two units on each parcel if the development complies with specific objective criteria. 

SB 9 takes effect on January 1, 2022. County staff are currently developing Code changes that will be required to allow for development consistent with SB 9. We will post additional information here, including links to hearing materials, once they become available.

California Senate Bill 10 (SB 10)

​This Bill authorizes, until 2029, local agencies to pass an ordinance to zone any parcel for up to 10 units of residential density if the parcel is located in a transit-rich area, which includes areas near rail transit or bus routes with peak headways of 15 minutes or faster, or an urban infill site. This is a voluntary bill. 

County staff have received a grant (Local Early Action Planning or LEAP) that includes as a component enhancing urban infill development in the County. SB 10 will be considered as part of that grant work. A time frame for consideration has not yet been established. We will post additional information here once it becomes available.