Morro Bay may require public hearings for some 'granny' units

nwilson@thetribunenews.comApril 1, 2014 

Morro Bay


Morro Bay property owners seeking to build secondary “granny” units between 900 and 1,200 square feet in size could soon have to go through a Planning Commission review process.

The City Council will consider adopting an ordinance change at its April 8 meeting that would require review of building proposals at a public hearing to ensure they meet city guidelines and standards before a conditional use permit is granted.

Currently, project applicants only need coastal development permit approval, which doesn’t require a public hearing.

That type of permit must be granted from city public services director Rob Livick for granny units between 300 square feet and 1,200 square feet, in addition to a separate city building permit.

The proposed ordinance change would not affect those seeking to build secondary units between 300 and 900 square feet, which would continue under the existing planning process without a need for Planning Commission review.

Both the staff-approved coastal development permit and the Planning Commission-approved conditional use permits would consider the same list of criteria, including development, parking and architectural plans.

Granny units may be attached or detached from the primary, single-family dwelling under city guidelines.

The ordinance change would also require certification by the California Coastal Commission because Morro Bay falls within the coastal zone.

The council also will consider, at its April 8 meeting, a requirement for a conditional use permit and Planning Commission review for tandem parking when more than one parking space is required for a granny unit.

Tandem parking refers to parking where one car is located behind another, as opposed to side by side.

The April 8 meeting begins at 6 p.m. at 209 Surf St.

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