Neighborhood-Plan Amendment Process

Plans will be reviewed (and rewritten) every five years.

Plans cannot be amended for one year after adoption.

Thereafter, plans can be amended once a year, in February or in July, depending on the neighborhood.

Neighborhoods formally designate "contact teams" (an outgrowth of their original planning teams) to review and react to proposed amendments.

NP contact teams can initiate amendments at any time.

Staff can initiate amendments at any time to correct clerical errors or in hardship cases.

Staff can grant exemptions (even if opposed by the contact team) to:

  • SMART Housing-certified projects where at least 40% of the units are "reasonably priced."

  • Projects that provide environmental protection "superior" to that required by the existing zoning and regulations.

  • Projects promoting recruitment or retention of an employment center with 100 or more employees. (A similar exemption for projects offering "transportation benefits" has been eliminated.)

    Only the City Council, Planning Commission, staff, or NP contact teams can initiate amendments to areawide plan provisions (like allowing garage apartments or small-lot homes).

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