In 2015, the City Council approved major updates to the R-6 residential zone, which includes much of the residential area on the Peninsula. These changes were designed to:
Provide for greater housing opportunities
Enable infill development on small parcels
Have standards in place that make it possible for new construction to be consistent with the historic pattern of development prevalent in the neighborhoods where R-6 is prevalent.
A secondary but important aspect of the amendment is increased clarity of the zoning ordinance through reformatting the dimensional standards into a table, and shortening and simplifying text where possible.
A summary of the approved changes is available here. For the full text of the R-6 zone as of September 2017, click here.
In 2017, City staff began an audit of the R-6 zone and the infill developments that have been produced since 2015. As part of that work, staff may recommend changes to the 2015 language to better accomplish the intended goals.