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San Diego City Council eases land development code in effort to create more housing

Posted at 8:21 PM, Jul 31, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-01 09:26:10-04

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Tuesday evening, San Diego’s City Council approved a strategy that will make it easier to create housing in commercial areas.

The changes allow more businesses to add living spaces and authorize more locations where live/work quarters are permitted.

The move created an amendment to the rules currently in place on living and working quarters as part of an earlier update to San Diego’s land development code.

“This is going to put underutilized commercial and industrial spaces to work in tackling San Diego’s housing crisis,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Lifting restrictions on housing will bring new life to old buildings and allow businesses owners to live where they work. Common-sense approaches like this will help reduce our housing shortage and increase housing affordability.”

Below is a list of changes made to the code by the amendment:

  • Expands the use to two additional zones, Commercial Visitor (except in the Coastal Overlay Zone) and Commercial Office.
  • Increases the residential floor area from 33 percent to 49 percent.
  • Reduces the minimum floor area from 750 square feet to 500 square feet.
  • No longer limits the use to an artist or artisan.
  • Allows commercial uses, offices and employees.
  • Doesn’t require additional parking.