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HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE—TRACK ONE (COMPLETED): HCD will only certify the 2015-2023 Housing Element in Track Two if the City implemented— or put in place— certain programs which were committed to in the most recently adopted 2009-2014 Housing Element. Specifically:

• Housing Element Program 25-Reasonable Accommodations (e.g., allowing a ramp in a setback to allow access to an entry door for a wheelchair-bound resident). The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1221 on July 8, 2014 to fulfill this program.
• Housing Element Program 21-Transitional and Supportive Housing (i.e., California cities are required to regulate transitional and supportive housing as a residential use and allow “single room occupancy” facilities as a commercial use). The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1223 on July 22, 2014 to fulfill this program.
• Housing Element Program 19- Density Bonuses (i.e., all California cities are required to grant density bonuses for new projects of five or more units ranging from 5% to 35% depending on the affordability provided when requested by a project sponsor. The City is amending its Density Bonus ordinance to reflect changes in State law.) The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1220 on July 8, 2014 to fulfill this program.
• Housing Element Program 21-Emergency Shelter (i.e., all California cities are required by the State to identify a Zoning District where emergency homeless shelters are a use that is permitted by right). The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1223 on July 22, 2014 to fulfill this program.
• Housing Element Program 8b-The Vertical Mixed Use (VMU) program (i.e., the City committed in the adopted Housing Element to requiring any upper level construction in the City’s commercial districts (CC, CR, CN-1) to be limited to residential use only, with a minimum of one affordable unit). The City Council adopted Ordinance No. 1224 on July 22, 2014 to fulfill this program.
• Housing Element Program 8a-The Horizontal Mixed Use (HMU) program (i.e., the City committed in the adopted Housing Element to creating an overlay zone where properties in the CN-1 Zoning District could utilize the ground floor level of buildings for residential use in exchange for providing a percentage of affordable units and three-bedroom units). The City Council amended the adopted 2009-2014 Housing Element to remove this program. See Resolution No. 5468 on July 15, 2014 which eliminated the HMU program.
Track One was completed on July 22, 2014.
Last updated: 8/14/2014 3:42:40 PM