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Pending / Future Amendments
The following Zoning Code amendments are targeted for Planning Commission and City Council consideration in 2017.

Procedures for
Closure of Mobilehome Parks

  • Add a new Part 5 to Chapter 20.180 regarding Mobilehome Park Closure Projects.  
  • Amendments and additions to Chapter 20.120 and Section 20.80.460 of the Zoning Code to provide for a more comprehensive review of zoning applications and permit applications for property that contains existing multi-family housing or mobilehome parks, and to make other technical, formatting and other non-substantive changes within those sections of the Zoning Code.
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. 

Incidental Homeless Shelter:

  • Allow incidental homeless shelter as an incidental use to an assembly space. Streamline the permitting process and include performance criteria.   

Commercial Support Uses in the North San Jose Development Policy Area:
  • Amend and add provisions to Chapter 20.50 - Industrial Zoning Districts, to allow stand-alone commercial support uses in the IP Industrial Park zoning district within the North San Jose Development Policy area that meet certain criteria and are consistent with the NSJADP.  The amendments are intended to promote new retail development that supports the build-out of the Policy Area and attracts employers and workers to the area; as well as further General Plan economic development goals and policies, and implement City Council direction.

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.
  • Development Agreement Policy - Update criteria.  
  • Modernize provisions for Single-Room-Occupancy (SRO) Living Unit Facilities and SRO Hotels.

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.

Michael Brilliot