Providing a range of housing options to meet the needs of our residents and accommodating Cotati's share of regional housing needs are important goals for the City. As the population of California continues to grow and pressure on resources increase, the City strives to provide residents with housing opportunities while still maintaining a high quality of life by facilitating appropriate new housing development and maintaining the existing housing stock.
The City of Cotati has initiated a project to develop Objective Design Standards for single-family and “plex” housing. When adopted by the City Council, these standards will be incorporated into the City’s Land Use Code, which is part of the City’s Code, or laws.
The City Council has made access to healthy and safe housing for all Cotati residents a high priority. To ensure the housing needs of the community are being met, the Community Development Department administers the City's affordable housing programs.
The Housing Choice Voucher Program provides rental assistance to low-income families, allowing them to rent homes on the private market while a portion of the rent is covered by the voucher.
Accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are also known as second units, granny units, in-law suites, or carriage houses. Within Cotati, nearly every residential property is eligible to construct an ADU.
Cotati’s Cottage Housing Ordinance allows construction of modestly sized single-family detached or attached residences at a higher density than standard zoning permits, in order to encourage the development of smaller lots and provision of more housing units
The City recently updated the Housing Element of the City's General Plan to ensure that we're prepared to meet the future housing needs of Cotati. Under State law, every City and County in California is required to update its Housing Element to address specific requirements and submit the element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The City prepares an annual progress report on housing production in furtherance of the Housing Element goals.
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For additional information about housing in Cotati, please contact the City's Planning Division at 707-665-3636.
Noah HoushDirectorPhone: 707-665-3635
Community DevelopmentPhysical Address
201 W Sierra Avenue
Cotati, CA 94931
201 W Sierra Avenue Cotati CA 94931
Phone: 707-665-3636 / 707-665-3632 - For InspectionsFax: 707-792-4604
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