owners may build a second home on their property for use by
family members. The Board of Supervisors proposed text
amendment would: (1) increase the size of the second home
from 1,200 square feet to 1,600 square feet; (2) allow the
owner to occupy the smaller second house while permitting a
close family member to reside in the principal structure;
(3) remove the current occupancy cap (3 people) for use of
the second home; eliminate the prohibition on charging rent
for the second unit during the first two years (an owner may
want or need to charge his family member rent); and (4)
extend the period in which immediate family must occupy the
second house from two to five years. A copy of the
amendment initiated by the Board of Supervisors is attached.
Commission was troubled by the increase in size of the house
to 1,600 square feet. It believes that a second home should
clearly be subordinate to the existing home. Accordingly,
the Planning Commission recommends that the size of the
accessory family dwelling be limited as follows: “Such a
shall contain no more than 1200 square feet
of gross floor area. may be 600 square feet in gross
floor area or 25 % of the gross floor area of the existing
house, whichever is larger, but in no circumstance may the
family dwelling unit exceed 1,200 square feet of gross floor
Commission also was concerned by unlimited occupancy of the
family dwelling unit. It recommends that the occupancy be
increased to four.
Planning Commission believes that family occupancy should be
similar to family subdivisions and have a ten year holding
period before it can be used as a rental unit.
was initiated by the Board of Supervisors on July 14, 2005.
The Planning Commission held a work session on this issue on
September 27, 2005 and public hearings on August 25, 2005
and September 29, 2005. By a vote of 4 – 1, the Planning
Commission recommended approval in the form represented in
the proposed Ordinance.