Your comments and involvement made a difference. Citing concerns about trying to change R-1 single family zoning with “incremental infill”, the suitability of building on some of the named sites, such as Petrelli’s Steakhouse, the lack of proper public outreach, and a number of other problems, our housing element was rejected by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
There is quite a bit of work to do and it does not seem likely that the City will be able to re-zone by October 15, 2022 in order to meet the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). As many of you have asked the City Council to do, and also asked the State to help with, it is time to address an increase in housing supply by using commercial corridors. It will produce the greatest number of homes and everybody knows it. The chances of upzoning R-1 right now are likely zero. Keep in mind that the environmental impact report has not even been published yet, and most think it would not find in favor of changing R-1 as the best path forward.
Now, there is still something troubling here: our City Council majority and City Staff, guided by the YIMBY groups and the University of California professors, have now possibly put our City in jeopardy for future funding. We are currently out of compliance with State Law regarding the housing element. The rejection letter from the State reads:
“Several federal, state, and regional funding programs consider housing element compliance as an eligibility or ranking criteria. For example, the CalTrans Senate Bill (SB) 1 Sustainable Communities grant; the Strategic Growth Council and HCD’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities programs; and HCD’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation consider housing element compliance and/or annual reporting requirements pursuant to Government Code section 65400. With a compliant housing element, the City will meet housing element requirements for these and other funding sources.”
Unfortunately, due to all of the ideological rhetoric and closed-door meetings, our City is now out of compliance with the law and we hope that this will not become a bigger problem. Read the full letter from the State below: