In 2016, in response to state legislation, staff proposed substantial amendments to the Town’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations in Chapter 18.31 of the zoning ordinance, including adding provisions for the development of Junior Accessory Dwelling (JADUs). On October 25, 2016, the Planning Commission approved Resolution 16-030 recommending the Town Council adopt the proposed zoning ordinance amendments to Chapter 18.31. Subsequently on December 6, 2016, the Town Council adopted Ordinance Nos. 961 and 962 amending Chapter 18.31.
After several years of implementing the updated ordinance, staff has identified needed changes and opportunities to improve the existing ordinance. The proposed changes are broken into three broad categories, which include: 1) changes necessary to comply with current state law; 2) changes to clarify existing regulations; and 3) changes in existing policy that better reflect the Town's ADU goals. On May 14, 2019 and August 13, 2019, the Planning Commission discussed proposed amendments to the ADU ordinance and provided staff with recommendations and direction in preparation of a zoning ordinance amendment application. On October 22, 2019, the Planning Commission adopted Resolution No. 19-021 recommending that the Town Council repeal and replace Chapter 18.31 and approve amendments to Chapters 18.04, 18.18 and 18.20. On December 3, 2019, the Town Council introduced Ordinance No 992, which would amend Title 18 of the Corte Madera Municipal Code to (1) Amend Chapters 18.04 – Definitions, 18.18 – Special Purpose Overlay Districts, & 18.20 – Off-Street Parking And Loading, and to (2) Repeal and Replace Chapter 18.31 – Accessory Dwelling Units. The Second Reading of the Ordinance will take place at the January 21, 2020 Town Council meeting, and (if adopted) the Ordinance would take effect 30 days later.