Chapter 16.20
LOT LINE ADJUSTMENTS

Sections:

16.20.010    Purpose.

16.20.020    Applicability.

16.20.030    Application materials.

16.20.040    Processing procedures.

16.20.050    Conditions of approval.

16.20.060    Prohibited conditions.

16.20.070    Notice of final city action.

16.20.010 Purpose.

This chapter establishes procedures for adjusting the boundary lines between no more than four existing parcels. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007)

16.20.020 Applicability.

Lot line adjustment may be utilized to reconfigure the size or shape of one lot provided that:

A.    All property line segments adjusted are boundary lines of the subject lot (though the extensions of the adjusted segments may affect several lots);

B.    The lot line adjustment does not alter the number of lots;

C.    The applicant and/or owner of the property has not received approval of a lot line adjustment affecting any of the lots to be altered, or lots abutting any of the lots to be altered, for a period of twelve months immediately preceding the date of the current application; and

D.    The lot line adjustment better meets local coastal program goals, objectives, and related provisions than does existing parcelization. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007) (Ord. No. 2009-04, § 4(Exh. A), 9-1-2009)

16.20.030 Application materials.

Application for a lot line adjustment shall include application for all necessary authorizations, including a coastal development permit, and shall be made to the community development department on forms provided by the community development department, accompanied by the required filing fee. Applications for lot line adjustments shall include the following materials:

A.    Grant deeds and title reports for all properties affected;

B.    An acceptable legal description of each existing and new lot/parcel to be created. Legal descriptions shall be prepared by a registered land surveyor or registered civil engineer;

C.    Four copies of a plat map displaying the new lot or parcel configurations;

D.    City processing fees including the cost of map, plat and/or legal description checking as established by resolution or ordinance of the city council;

E.    The location of all structures on the affected properties shown on separate sheet. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007) (Ord. No. 2009-04, § 4(Exh. A), 9-1-2009)

16.20.040 Processing procedures.

A.    The community development director shall examine said application, supporting data and map for compliance with the requirements of this title and shall accept said application and maps for filing when all requirements are met. Once the community development director accepts an application for filing, the community development director shall, within thirty days, either approve the lot line adjustment, approve with conditions, or deny the lot line adjustment based on the following:

1.    Compliance of the lot line adjustment with Section 16.20.020;

2.    Conformance of the resulting lot(s) with the general plan, zoning ordinance, local coastal program, and/or specific plans; and

3.    Whether the adjustment causes existing uses of the property to be out of compliance with any provisions of this code.

B.    The applicant shall record new grant deeds which reflect the approved lot line adjustment and shall provide the city with certified copies of the recorded deeds.

C.    Upon approval or conditional approval of the lot line adjustment and receipt by the city of certified copies of the recorded deeds reflecting the new configuration, the community development director shall issue either a certificate of compliance or a conditional certificate of compliance as required, indicating the city’s acceptance and approval of the request. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007) (Ord. No. 2009-04, § 4(Exh. A), 9-1-2009)

16.20.050 Conditions of approval.

The community development director may not impose conditions or exactions on the approval of a lot line adjustment, except:

A.    To conform with zoning and building codes;

B.    To require the prepayment of real property taxes due for the current fiscal year prior to the approval of the lot line adjustment;

C.    To facilitate the relocation of existing utilities, infrastructure or easements. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007)

16.20.060 Prohibited conditions.

A.    A record of survey shall not be required for a lot line adjustment unless required by Section 8762 of the Business and Professions Code, state of California.

B.    No tentative map, parcel map or final map shall be required as a condition to the approval of a lot line adjustment. (Ord. 2007-08 § 4 (Exh. A (part)), 2007)

16.20.070 Notice of final city action.

Following city council action, notice of the city’s action shall be provided pursuant to the administrative procedures for coastal development permits (see page 15 of the local coastal program implementation plan). (Ord. No. 2009-04, § 4(Exh. A), 9-1-2009)