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Planning and Sustainability Commission Gives the Green Light for RICAP 6 Workplan

The Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) held a hearing on Aug. 13, 2013, to review the City’s proposed workplan for regulatory improvement or RICAP 6. Several people appeared to testify in support of examining issues related to short-term rentals, home occupation issues, wireless facility regulations and density transfers, among other topics.

The Regulatory Improvement Code Amendment Packages seek to continually update and improve City building and land use regulations. Suggestions for improving the City's codes come from issues identified by other City bureaus, members of the public and the development community. These suggestions are entered into the Regulatory Improvement Requests (RIR) database. Suggestions are prioritized based on the geographic reach of the issue, the severity of impact or how often the issue arises, and room for improvement of the existing regulation. Issues that may require a major change in policy are not addressed through RICAP. RICAP addresses technical matters and clarifications or refinement of existing adopted policy in typically a one-year revolving workplan.

The RICAP 6 workplan was unanimously approved by the PSC as proposed, which will enable staff to begin researching and analyzing potential code amendments for future consideration through the legislative process. Staff anticipates releasing a public discussion draft report in January 2014, and will return to the PSC for a hearing on the proposed code amendments in Spring of 2014.