Resilient City Development Measures

Resilient City Development Measures Amendment 

On November 17, 2020, the Santa Rosa City Council will consider the extension and modification of the temporary Resilient City Development Measures to address continued fire recovery with additional measures addressing COVID-19 pandemic recovery. The proposed modifications expand mobile food vending opportunities, increase opportunities for large family daycares and child care centers, allow the extension of Temporary Use Permits and increase the number of events allowed for certain Temporary Use Permits, consolidate and streamline review processes for certain land use entitlements, provide flexibility for nonconforming uses, and include clarifications and other technical corrections.  

The Planning Commission voted unanimously in favor of the Resilient City Development Measures amendment at their October 22, 2020 meeting.

The City will host a virtual meeting on November 17, 2020 to present the Resilient City Development Measures Amendment and provide an opportunity for public comment.

Zoom Meeting Details

Meeting Access Information - (Instructions)

By (Toll Free) Phone: 877-853-5257
Webinar ID: 917 7547 5227

The final agenda including staff report, ordinance, and staff presentations will be posted online here no later than 72 hours prior to the meeting.

For more information or to provide comments please contact Shari Meads at or by phone at (707) 543-4665.

Background on Zoning Code Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures

On April 10, 2018, the City Council adopted an ordinance adding Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures, to the Zoning Code to address housing and economic development within the City following the Tubbs and Nuns fires of October 2017.  At that meeting, Sections 20-16.010 through 20-16.050, related to temporary housing, temporary structures and accessory dwelling units, were adopted

On May 22, 2018, the City Council adopted the remaining sections of Chapter 20-16, including Sections 20-16.060 through 20-16.110, related to reduced review authority for residential, lodging and childcare facilities.

The measures were developed based on input received from the community and the City Council since the October 2017 fires.  

Chapter 20-16, Resilient City Development Measures 

Chapter 20-16 will be in place for a period of 3 years from the effective date of the ordinance, or May 11, 2021, unless otherwise amended by subsequent action of the Council.


Beginning on the evening of October 8, 2017, and continuing for days thereafter, a series of wildfire events damaged or destroyed thousands of residential and commercial structures within the City of Santa Rosa.  On October 9, 2017, the City Manager, in his capacity as Director of Emergency Services, proclaimed the existence of local emergency in the City, which was ratified by the City Council on October 13, 2017.

Prior to the wildfires, the Council had identified “housing for all” as a priority due to the City’s ongoing, unmet housing needs.  

As a result of both the devastating wildfires, and the previously existing housing shortage, the Council has stated the need for immediate measures to address both housing and building of uses such as lodging and child care facilities Citywide.  

  1. Shari Meads

    City Planner