City government

City commission hosts affordable housing forum

By From page A5 | February 22, 2013

The city of Davis Social Services Commission will host a forum on the future of affordable housing requirements in Davis as part of its meeting on Monday. The meeting will start at 7 p.m. in the Valente Room of the Davis Senior Center, 646 A St.

With the statewide dissolution of redevelopment agencies, funding previously earmarked for local affordable housing initiatives no longer exists. Other state and federal funding sources are not as prevalent as in the past. Recognizing the lack of funding, the City Council is looking for alternative mechanisms for those in need of affordable housing.

City staff has developed a series of draft recommendations to present to the Social Services Commission. The commission, in turn, is inviting other affordable-housing stakeholders to the forum to weigh in on the proposed recommendations.

A summary of the recommendations includes:

* Focus on rental housing for very-low income households;

* Require developers to provide different amounts of affordable housing, depending on the type of development they want to build;

* Provide a credit for accessory dwelling units, sometimes known as “granny flats,” of 50 percent to count toward the above affordable housing requirement; and

* Offer the ability for any project to pay fees in lieu of providing affordable housing, proposed to be in the range of $50,000.

A full report on the initial draft recommendations is in the Feb. 5 City Council staff report at http://city-council.cityofdavis.org/council-meetings/agenda.

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