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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 State Law, from May through July 2018
  • The following community meetings have been scheduled in March 2018 to discuss proposals and to gather public comments on Zoning Code updates for Secondary Units (ADU) in the City of San José.                                                       A. Thursday, March 22, 2018 from 5.30 p.m.- 6.30 p.m. at the Almaden Community Center                                           Information can be found at this weblink                          B. Monday, March 26, 2018 from 6.30 p.m.- 7.30 p.m. at the Alum Rock Community Library                                       Information can be found at this weblink                         CThursday, March 29, 2018 from 7.00 p.m.- 8.00 p.m. at the Willow Glen Community Center                                   Information can be found at this weblink    
  • Staff conducted a community meeting on February 12, 2018, and held three additional focus group meetings with housing groups and design professionals to gather input.
  • The proposed updates could include changes to lot size, setbacks, height, parking exemptions and clarifying definitions; and other related modifications to Title 20, to include paving and parking requirements. Additional information and links related to the proposed updates will be posted on this page

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