The High Occupancy Housing Zoning Code Text Amendment was adopted to implement the High Occupancy Housing Specific Plan (HOH Plan).
In February 2018, the City Council adopted the citywide HOH Plan, a specific plan to the Regional Plan. The HOH Plan was developed in response to the community’s dialogue about previously proposed high-intensity mid-rise developments near historic neighborhoods that primarily catered to college students. The purpose of the HOH Plan is to provide direction in the form of goals and policies to accommodate a variety of housing options in areas of the city that can support infill, redevelopment, and mixed-use activities. These goals and policies are intended to enhance and maintain the city’s character and guide future developments that would be considered High Occupancy Housing (HOH). The HOH Plan identified dozens of strategies that could be implemented to address the unintended impacts of these buildings on neighborhood character, affordability and transportation. It should be noted that the HOH Plan’s listed implementation strategies about the Zoning Code amendments (Pages 102, 103, 105, and 106 of the HOH Plan) “…may be accomplished through another method...” to achieve “…the goals and policies of the HOH Specific Plan and the Regional Plan” (Page 99 of the HOH Plan).
After the adoption of the HOH Plan, staff received direction and affirmation from City Council on October 8, 2019, to address smaller developments that may also be considered as HOH. The smaller HOH developments that staff were directed to consider are single-family, two-unit (duplex), three-unit (triplex), and multiple-family developments that were not addressed in the HOH Plan.