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Objective Design Standards (“ODS”) and Senate Bill 9 (“SB-9”) Development Standards
City of Baldwin Park
Deadline: June 30, 2022 at 4:00 PM
The City of Baldwin Park is seeking to establish development standards that will facilitate the
production of housing. Towards that end, the City wishes to enter into a contract with a Consultant who will provide Objective Design Standards and SB-9 development policies and standards that can be applied city-wide. The Project is funded from a state of California Housing and Community Development planning LEAP grant, which contains reporting and completion requirements, such as deliverables identified in this RFP and the timely completion of the Project by approximately June/July 2023. Although there may be some flexibility, the City desires the Project to be completed by June/July, 2023, to avoid potential grant management issues. Should the Consultant believe that the completion of the Project may require additional time, the Consultant should indicate appropriately in their Proposal with supporting explanation. The City may request the Consultant to provide project information and data pursuant to the grant requirements, such as the Project deliverables, community engagement data, etc. that are identified in this RFP. To the extent possible, it is highly recommended that the Consultant follow the same identified tasks below when preparing the proposal with as few deviations or additions as possible. Objective Design Standards. The City wishes to develop Objective Design Standards that can be applied to all residential develop projects. This will include single-family, multi-family and mixed-use residential projects as well as accessory dwelling units. Currently, the City has residential
design standards and guidelines that are included in specific plans and zoning regulations that address building frontages, pedestrian/human scale, ground-floor retail and pedestrian-oriented uses, etc. which speak to the look and feel of a building. The City requires an Administrative Plan Review for all new multi-family development and relies on a standard set of findings to support the decision. Those findings include subjective discretion and may be applied on a case-by-case basis. One key aspect to SB35 is the requirement that only objective standards may be applied to these projects.
SB35 states: “Objective zoning standard”, “objective subdivision standard”, and “objective
design review standard” means standards that involve no personal or subjective judgment by a public official and are uniformly verifiable by reference to an external and uniform benchmark or criterion available and knowable by both the development applicant or proponent and the public official prior to submittal. “Objective design review standards” means only objective design standards published and adopted by ordinance or resolution by a local jurisdiction before submission of a development application, which are broadly applicable to development within the jurisdiction.
Senate Bill 9 (SB-9). The City wishes to develop regulations that address and implements SB-9 provisions. The Consultant will provide development guidelines, procedures, policies, and standards that comply with all state laws and reflect community aspirations. It is envisioned that the scope of work may require analysis and/or amendments to the General Plan, Subdivision, and Zoning and Building chapters of the Municipal Code
SB 9 states: This bill, among other things, would require a proposed housing development
containing no more than 2 residential units within a single-family residential zone to be considered ministerially, without discretionary review or hearing, if the proposed housing development meets certain requirements, including, but not limited to, that the proposed housing development would not require demolition or alteration of housing that is subject to a recorded covenant, ordinance.
Submissions must be for the entire scope of services as outlined in this RFP. Incomplete Proposals will not be considered. Five (5) bound and sealed copies and one (1) PDF copy on flash drive, marked “RE: Proposal for Objective Design Standards and SB-9 Development Standards” are to be submitted to the Office of the City Clerk no later than 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 30, 2022. Submissions received after this deadline will be rejected. Submissions by facsimile or electronic mail will not be accepted. The Proposal shall be submitted and addressed as follows:
City of Baldwin Park
Office of the City Clerk, 3rd floor
ATTN: Melissa Chipres, Associate Planner
14403 E. Pacific Ave.
Baldwin Park, CA.91706
Submit Questions to:
Melissa Chipres, Associate Planner
LATE OR INCOMPLETE SUBMITTALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED