Accessory Dwelling Units
Updated 3/8/22 - On March 7, 2022, prior to the opening of the public hearing on the City’s Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) draft ordinance, the Planning Commission requested staff to prepare a staff report with numerous discussion items and postponed the public hearing. For complete list of the issues raised by the Commission, see the Planning Commission Action Memorandum.
The State has identified ADUs as an important tool to create more affordable housing amidst California’s housing crisis, and has passed several laws to make it easier to build ADUs. The City is preparing an ordinance to be consistent with the State laws, and needs community to ensure the regulations reflect Malibu’s needs and characteristics.
What is an ADU?
In general, an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit (i.e., detached) located on the same lot as a stand-alone, single-family home. In response to recent changes in State laws, the City is preparing a local ordinance to amend the Municipal Code and Local Coastal Program (LCP) so that they are consistent with State law.
In 2016, in an effort to increase affordable housing opportunities, the State of California adopted three laws regarding ADUs and Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADUs): State Bill (SB) 1069, Assembly Bill (AB) 2299, and AB 2406, which all went into effect in 2017. The new regulations were intended to reduce the regulatory, physical, and financial barriers to constructing ADUs, which were seen as an opportunity for providing affordable housing. It is important to note that State law still authorizes local agencies to adopt additional restrictions to regulate ADUs, as long as the additional restrictions do not conflict with regulations established in State law. In January 2018, the Legislature further updated ADU law to clarify and improve various provisions in order to promote the development of ADUs. These include allowing ADUs to be built concurrently with a single-family home, increasing the areas where ADUs can be built to include all zoning districts that allow single-family uses, modifying fees from utilities, such as special districts and water corporations, and reducing parking requirements. In October 2019, the State legislature adopted four laws that will have further significant effects on promoting ADU development: AB 881, AB 670, SB 13, and AB 68. These new laws went into effect on January 1, 2020.
It should be noted that the City of Malibu is entirely within the coastal zone and has a certified LCP that governs all new development, including ADUs. Portions of Malibu’s LCP are more restrictive than State ADU regulations.
To submit a comments on the proposed ordinance, email email@example.com or mail to: City of Malibu Planning Department, c/o Tyler Eaton, 23825 Stuart Ranch Road, Malibu, CA 90265.
To be notified directly of important information regarding the proposed ordinance, including public hearings and meetings, email Tyler Eaton at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 310-456-2489, ext. 273.
COMMUNITY MEETINGS & PUBLIC INPUT
Meeting videos for City Council and Planning Commission are available in the Public Meeting Video Archive.
- March 7, 2022 Planning Commission (Staff Report)
- January 18, 2022 Planning Commission (Staff Report)
- December 6, 2021 Planning Commission (Staff Report, Notice of Public Hearing)
- May 20, 2021 Planning Commission Special Meeting (Staff Report, Notice of Public Hearing)
- March 16, 2020 Planning Commission Hearing CANCELLED (Notice of Public Hearing)
- July 17, 2018 ZORACES (Staff Report and Meeting Minutes)
- June 11, 2018 City Council (Staff Report, Resolution, and Meeting Minutes)