Community Development

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December Monthly Report 

The Community Development Department has released its monthly report. The report demonstrates that construction activity during December 2021 was higher than December 2020. The most notable difference can be seen in the total valuation of permits. There was an almost 980% increase in the total valuation of permits issued. This was due to the recent issuance of building permits for the new 73-unit mixed use project at 5570 Rosemead Blvd. The year-to-date numbers were also higher than last year (145% increase). On the Planning side, staff took in a total of 10 new cases. They were mostly smaller projects consisting of accessory dwelling units, house additions, and a modification to a conditional use permit for a restaurant. The City did not issue any new business licenses in December. Community Preservation ended the year well with 117 new cases opened and 124 cases closed. Most of the cases (68%) were opened at the initiative of the inspector, with the rest being requested by the public or city staff. Surprisingly, the number of cases opened this year matched the exact number from the previous year (1,000 cases). In the coming weeks, Community Development will be issuing its in-depth Annual Report on the work performed by the Department and revenues generated during the previous calendar year.

SB-9 Atkins & Urban Lot Splits

On September 16, 2021, Senate Bill 9 (SB-9), was signed into law by the Governor.  SB-9 amended Section 66452.6 of, and added Sections 65852.21 and 66411.7 to, the California Government Code (Attachment “A”) to allow for urban lot splits.  These changes required local agencies to approve applications to subdivide single-family zoned lots into a maximum of two lots and to allow the construction of two units on each new lot. In others words, an R-1 zoned, single-family lot, could potentially have four units.  The City Council adopted rules for urban lot splits and urban dwellings on December 21, 2022.  Please see the SB-9 webpage for more information