Dwelling units, flags on City Council agenda

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Zoning amendments concerning flags and so-called “granny flats” are expected to be on the July 26 City Council agenda.


The proposed zoning text amendment for displaying flags on flagpoles on residential properties in Seal Beach will return for a second reading and adoption next week.

Officials debated the details about the number and size of flags and the definition of a flagpole following a public hearing at the last Seal Beach City Council meeting.

“The proposed amendment would provide for ground-mounted flagpoles and wall-mounted flags; none of which could exceed 25 feet in height,” wrote Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos in a July 20 email.

“Per the zoning ordinance, legally pre-existing non-conforming structures may be maintained in their current size and configuration,” Gallegos wrote.

Granny flats

“Granny flats,” also known as accessory dwelling units (and smaller living quarters called junior accessory dwelling units) will be the subject of a separate public hearing.

If approved, ADUs would be allowed in Old Town and Surfside. The changes have been mandated by the state government.

The council will take public comment (if any) and discuss an amendment to the text of the Zoning Code to modify or create standards for the ADUs to be consistent with state law.

In May, the Planning Commission voted 4-1 to recommend that the council adopt the ADU rules.

“With regard to permissible locations for ADUs in the City, and consistent with State law, ADUs will now be permitted in all zones which allow residential uses. Importantly, ADUs will now be permitted in Old Town and Surfside,” according to the May 2021 staff report to the Planning Commission by Acting Senior Planner Barry Curtis and then-Community Development Director Les Johnson.

Dwelling units, flags on City Council agenda