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Senate Bill 9 Housing Development

Sep 20, 2021 | Real Property

What is Senate Bill 9?

Senate Bill 9 is a new law that was signed on September 16th that rezones single-family neighborhoods and urban parcel splits. The bill covers housing development.

How Will Senate Bill 9 Change State Law?

Senate Bill number 9 will provide the following changes:

  • The Bill allows homeowners around the state to divide their property into two lots; and
  • Allows homes to be built on each of those lots that otherwise would only allow one home/unit on the lot.

How Will Single-Family Residential Zones Change?

Single-family residential zones will allow for partial or full teardown of an existing single-family home to create residential units that can be sold separately will be allowed.

Does Senate Bill 9 Work Together with ADU Law?

Yes, Senate Bill Number 9 works together with ADU law.

What is a Accessory Dwelling Unit “ADU”?

ADU stands for accessory dwelling unit. Also known as “backhouses” or in-law units that typically constructed on property with an existing single-family house/unit.

How Do Senate Bill 9 and ADU Work Together?

Under Senate Bill 9, more ADUs will be built on land that has an existing single-family residential unit without the public’s review. Additionally, it is important to note that local ordinances will be observed in that those local ordinances that physically stop constructions of units cannot be enforced. An example of local ordinances includes those that preserve views or allow designated areas for bike paths.

May the Single-Family Home Be Demolished?

Yes, the single-family home may be entirely demolished if tenants have not lived in the home during the past three years otherwise, only 25% of the home may only be demolished. However, local ordinances that allow more than 25% of the home to be demolished can override the 25% limitation.

Does Senate Bill 9 Have Any Limitations?

Yes, Senate Bill 9 does have limitations, which are as follows:

  • Low-income housing units cannot be changed or demolished;
  • Those units that have been rented within the last three years cannot be changed or demolished;
  • An individual who is applying to subdivide a lot must live in one of the units for at least three years;
  • Each subdivided lot must be at least 1,200 square feet and about the same size.

Real Estate Attorney

If you or someone you know owns the land and is thinking about taking advantage of Senate Bill 9, please contact our real estate attorney at 310-933-5171 for a free consultation.