Many of you share the concerns with the way State density bonus law and regional housing assessments have been implemented throughout California. You now have an unprecedented opportunity to voice your concerns at the State level.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has a survey monkey link that invites input on housing planning requirements and practices. Below is HCD's link and introduction to the survey; the deadline for comments is April 17, 2015.
Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/63MX9H3
HCD desires input in identifying concerns/issues/recommendations regarding State housing law, specifically planning requirements and practices related to the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) and Housing Element Update processes. At the below survey link, please rank topics and make suggestions for potential reforms. HCD has convened a 2015 Housing Working Group to discuss planning requirements and practices.----------------------------------------------------------------------Please take the time to access the link above and complete the survey. One of our residents who took the survey provided the following tips:
- For each topic there is a box for additional comments. Use each of these boxes to insert your comments, even if your comments don't relate directly to the questions asked. This is a chance to vent your frustrations and make suggestions for reforms
- Don't press "Done" on each page until you have entered your comments in each box. You won't be able to go back.
Areas of Concern:
- Not all cities interpret the density bonus law the same way (some round up and some round down on base density)
- Housing allocations often use inflated population numbers
- Drought conditions are not considered
- Developers, not communities, are calling the shots in how laws are written and applied
- Infrastructure for high density development is not being funded
- In San Diego County over a 4-year period, the assigned RHNA numbers have produced only 4%-8% of the required affordable housing units. 92%-96% of the produced units are market rate.
- Add any other areas of concern to you.
Sunday, April 12, 2015
California wants your opinion on density bonus
From the Inbox (interesting that the City Council, despite its protestations about its hands being tied by the state, isn't encouraging residents to voice their opinions):