The Planning Commission recommended the draft Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance to the Town Council. Please attend the Council's review of the Ordinance: Wednesday, February 27, 2019 at 7:00 PM in the Historic School House at Town Center.
If you are new to the conversation on Accessory Dwelling Units, here are some Frequently Asked Questions and a handout with a side-by-side comparison of current and proposed regulations.
- Frequently Asked Questions - Revised 2/14/19
- Side by Side Comparison of Current and Proposed Regulations for ADUs - Revised 2/14/19
Portola Valley is having a rich conversation about housing. Recent meetings are listed here, with additional information, history, and links to Portola Valley's efforts around housing described below.
- Upcoming Meeting: Town Council First Reading of Draft Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance, February 27, 2019
- Planning Commission Public Hearing and Review of Proposed Ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), February 6, 2019
- Planning Commission Public Hearing and Review of Proposed Ordinance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), January 16, 2019
- Planning Commission Review of Proposed Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), December 19, 2018
- Planning Commission Review of Proposed Regulations for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), December 5, 2018
- Planning Commission Review of ADU Policy, November 7, 2018
- Planning Commission Study Session on Accessory Dwelling Units II - October 17, 2018
- Planning Commission Study Session on Accessory Dwelling Units - October 3, 2018
|Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs/Second Units)||Ad Hoc Housing Committee|
|The Housing Element of the Portola Valley General Plan calls for the Town to encourage the construction of second units, commonly called Accessory Dwelling Units or ADUs. ADUs are a key way for the Town to accommodate new housing while preserving the rural character of the community.
||The 2014 Housing Element followed work completed by the Ad Hoc Housing Committee in the first part of 2013.
For more information about the Committee, including the final Committee report, meeting agendas, and related materials, click here.
Community Conversations on Housing
Home for All
The Town utilized a grant from San Mateo County’s Home for All initiative to conduct two “Community Conversations on Housing,” or convenings, in 2018. The first convening was held on March 3rd and focused on participants sharing their ideas, thoughts, and stories about housing in Portola Valley. As a result of interest expressed at the first meeting, the Town held a second Community Conservation on May 5th that focused on second units, Town’s policies on second units, and converting a bedroom to an independent unit.
|Town of Portola Valley was awarded a grant in 2017 from Home for All to pilot new approaches to community engagement around the topic of housing. Home for All is a community collaborative addressing housing challenges in San Mateo County through convening community, sharing information and promoting innovation.
|Council Study Session on Second Units (ADUs)||Rich Gordon's Housing Element Task Force|
|Council Study Session on ADUs (Second Units) On July 11, 2018, the Town Council held a study session on ADUs. This study session was in response to suggestions from residents who participated in the May 5, 2018 ADU Convening and helped the Council to develop a priority list for the Planning Commission’s work on ADUs in the next few months. It is anticipated that the Council will review the Commission’s work for potential adoption in early 2019.
||Assemblyman Gordon has assembled a task force to identify legislative options to address the pressing needs to balance local control and state mandates, while also addressing the need for affordable housing in the region. Councilmember Derwin and staff will continue to be active participants in this effort.
Notes from 7/15/13 Housing Task Force Meeting
Housing Strategic Plan
State Housing Element Requirements
In 2016, the Town Council identified housing in Portola Valley as a priority and formed the Ad-Hoc Housing on Town Owned Property Committee as part of the Housing Strategic Plan.The Committee's mission is to examine the possibility of whether any Town-owned properties may be appropriate for modest housing opportunities to support the communities, teachers, public safety workers, and employees. The Committee will not recommend any projects to the Council; rather, they would formally suggest that the Council further review recommended properties for potential housing at a future Council meeting.
The Town's overall plan for housing is set forth in the Housing Element of the General Plan, which describes the Town's goals for housing and programs to plan for and encourage housing in the Town.
If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Planning Department at 650-851-1700 or email@example.com