What is Senate Bill 9 (SB 9)?

Senate Bill 9 was signed by Governor Newsom on September 16, 2021 and becomes effective on January 1, 2022. This bill would require a proposed housing development containing no more than two residential units (SB 9 2-Unit Housing Development) within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or public hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain objective requirements. Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) also requires a local agency to ministerially approve an Urban Lot Split in a single-family residential zone if it meets certain objective requirements. In both cases, the City may apply objective zoning standards, objective subdivision standards, and objective design standards.

Key Takeaways from SB 9:

  • Allows up to four (4) units on a single-family residentially zoned lot through an SB 9 Urban Lot Split.
  • Requires the City to approve either or both:
    • SB 9 2-Unit Housing Development: A housing development of no more than two units (duplex) on a single-family residentially zoned lot.
    • Urban Lot Split: Allows for a lot split (a single-family lot split into two lots).
  • Prohibits the City from requiring more than one (1) parking space provided the lot is located within ½ mile walking distance of either a high-quality transit corridor or a major transit stop.

City of Garden Grove Adopts SB 9 Ordinance

The City of Garden Grove has adopted an SB 9 Ordinance establishing regulations pertaining to two-unit residential developments and urban lot splits in single-family residential zones in the City, pursuant to Senate Bill 9, which became effective on January 1, 2022. Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) requires the City to ministerially approve two-unit residential development and urban lot splits in single-family residential districts subject only to objective standards. This ordinance establishes objective standards in compliance with SB 9, including regulations relating to lot configuration, unit size, height, setback, landscape, architectural review, among other things, without which two-unit residential development and urban lot splits would threaten the character of existing neighborhoods, and negatively impact property values, personal privacy, and fire safety.

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Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) State Law

SB 9 State Law

News

Planning Commission
November 18, 2021 at the Community Meeting Center located at 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA
Discussion Regarding SB 9
Meeting Agenda

Planning Commission
December 2, 2021 at the Community Meeting Center located at 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA
SB 9 Ordinance (Amendment No. A-033-2021)
Note: City Council Meeting (to consider the ordinance) tentatively scheduled for January 2022
Meeting Agenda

City Council
December 14, 2021 at the Community Meeting Center located at 11300 Stanford Ave, Garden Grove, CA
SB 9 Urgency Ordinance
Meeting Agenda