SUMMARY On September 27th , 2016, Governor Brown signed two accessory dwelling unit bills into State law, Assembly Bill (AB) 2299 and Senate Bill (SB) 1069 that amended the State’s existing second unit law (Government Code Section 65852.2). These amendments to the existing second unit law go into effect on January 1, 2017. The new version of State law makes clear that City ordinances which do not align with State law shall be “null and void” and that, until which time a jurisdiction adopts its own ordinance, in accordance with State law, the state standards specified in section 65852.2 shall be enforced. In response to these changes in State law the Department of City Planning has prepared a new ordinance which is expected to be heard by the City Planning Commission (CPC) on December 15, 2016. Due to the time frame imposed by the new State law the City is moving quickly to discuss this important topic. In addition to following the regulations established in the City’s new ordinance any future Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) would also need to conform to the parcel’s zoning regulations including floor area, bulk and height. Floor area devoted to an ADU is counted against the total floor area permitted on a parcel.