Click to Home
Go To Search
Planning Building and Code Enforcement
San Jose Home
Pending / Future Amendments
The following Zoning Code amendments are targeted for Planning Commission and City Council consideration in 2018.

Secondary Units:
  • Staff will  bring forth changes to Section 20.30 of the Zoning Code to conform to the State Law. 
  • A community meeting has been scheduled on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 6.30 p.m.-7.30 p.m. at the San José City Hall to discuss proposals and to gather public comments on Zoning Code updates for Secondary Units (ADU) in the City of San José. 
  • Related information can be found at this weblink:           

California State Housing Density Bonus and Incentives Law:                                                                                             

  • Add a new chapter to the Zoning Code to implement the California State Housing Density Bonus and Incentives Law and provide affordable housing incentives consistent with the Envision San José 2040 General Plan. Consider reducing setbacks and parking as incentives for providing affordable housing in compliance with State Density Bonus law.

Future Municipal Code Amendments and Policy Changes

Per prioritization established by the City Council, the City is also working on possible Municipal Code and/or policy changes to address
the following topics:         

  • Zoning Ordinance Quarterly Modification - Minor changes to the Zoning Code conducted as part of ongoing maintenance of the Code on a regular basis.

Zoning Code and Title 6 (Business Licenses and Regulations) - Offsale of Alcoholic Beverages: 
  • Currently, a full-service grocery store that applies for an offsale alcoholic beverage license from the State Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control must go through the process of obtaining a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) approved first by the City of San José Planning Commission and then the City Council. Full service grocery stores must also obtain a determination of public convenience or necessity (PC or N) for offsale of alcohol. The City is considering simplifying this process by allowing the issuance of a Special Use Permit (SUP) and determination of PC or N as approved by the Planning Director, in conformance with State laws that regulate the concentration in neighborhoods of the number of businesses selling alcoholic beverages for off-site consumption.


Lea Simvoulakis