Public hearing: Zoning updates, General Plan amendments at Planning Commission January 29, 2024
Posted on 01/19/2024

Planning Commission public hearing on Housing Element implementation: Zoning Code revisions, General Plan amendments

Published January 19, 2024 | Updated February 1, 2024

UPDATE (February 1, 2024): Video of the Planning Commission public hearing is now available online:

ORIGINAL STORY (January 19, 2024)

Planning Commission public hearing on updates to Zoning Code and General Plan on Monday, January 29

The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on a series of measures to implement Piedmont’s 6th Cycle Housing Element on Monday, January 29th. At the meeting, the Commission will be asked to make a recommendation to City Council on proposed revisions to the City’s Zoning Ordinance, amendments to the General Plan, and environmental review for Housing Element implementation.

The proposed revisions will make the Zoning Ordinance and General Plan consistent with the programs outlined in the Housing Element, which the City Council adopted in March 2023 and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) certified in November.

Key changes proposed for the Zoning Ordinance include:

  • Development standards for SB9 lot splits: SB9 is a State law that allows property owners to divide their property into two lots, each of which could have two housing units. The proposed Zoning Ordinance update would create Piedmont-specific development standards for such lot splits.

  • New ADU requirements: When constructing a new home on properties over 5,000 square feet, an ADU or JADU would be required as part of the project. This requirement would also apply to remodel projects that demolish 70% or more of the existing residence, subject to exceptions for rebuilding after a disaster. This measure implements Housing Element Program 1.E.

  • Revised development standards for multi-family residential: This proposal would revise rules around setbacks, parking, density, and lot coverage for multi-family residential developments in areas where multi-family housing is already allowed. The new standards would permit heights up to 4 stories. This measure implements Housing Element Programs 1.D, 1.F, 1.G, 1.H, and others.

For a detailed description of proposed amendments to the Piedmont General Plan and Zoning Code, see the presentation Planning staff delivered at a City Council study session on December 18, 2023:

The public hearing on January 29, 2024, follows months of dialogue and six public meetings. The Planning Commission held their first discussion of the implementation measures in October 2023, and continued the discussions at their November, December, and January 2024 meetings. The City Council has discussed the proposed measures at their November 20 and December 18, 2023 City Council meetings.

The City Council will hold a public hearing to consider adopting these measures at their February 20, 2024 meeting.

Watch and comment in person or online via Zoom

Community members can watch and provide comment in-person or via Zoom:

Planning Commission: Monday, January 29h, 5:30pm (Agenda | Staff Report)
Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue

Each participant will have the opportunity to speak once on the public hearing after the presentation and before the discussion. The meeting chair will set a time limit for individual comments based on the number of participants.

Written comments can be submitted to the City of Piedmont via email to [email protected].

About the 6th Cycle Housing Element

Piedmont’s 6th Cycle Housing Element lays out an ambitious plan to accommodate 587 new homes by 2031 – a target mandated by the State of California. The Housing Element includes 7 goals, 56 policies, and 77 programs.

Several programs identified in the Housing Element have already been completed, including new incentives for the creation of affordable Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), objective design standards for multi-family and mixed-use development, and securing a “Priority Development Area” designation for areas of land near Grand Avenue and in Moraga Canyon, which increases Piedmont’s eligibility for additional State funding to support affordable housing development in these areas.

Learn more about Piedmont’s Housing Element at With questions, email [email protected].