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Planning & Economic Development

Posted on: November 17, 2022

City to Launch Housing Data and Development Tools; Needs Public Input for Initial Build

A house, an apartment, and row homes on top of the words House Santa Rosa

The Planning division is asking for public feedback on areas of focus to help build the platforms

Santa Rosa, Calif. – The City of Santa Rosa is launching House Santa Rosa, a grant-funded project meant to create online tools and real-time information for housing development throughout the City. With this effort, the City is requesting public input on the potential for those tools, which are currently in development, with two 5-question surveys. 

Called House Santa Rosa, the effort will update the City’s internal data capturing and permitting systems to better facilitate the production of housing and home/land improvements, as well as streamline the collection of housing information for faster real-time data and pinpoint accuracy in reporting. When completed, House Santa Rosa would simplify analysis of the effectiveness of housing policies by providing a user-friendly platform that displays where development is happening throughout the City as it is happening.

“This is the first-step in creating something that is right for everyone in the housing space: residents and housing developers alike,” said Conor McKay, senior planner for the City’s Planning and Economic Development Department. “When finished, these tools will bring Santa Rosa into the modern digital age by simplifying the discovery process for housing developers, displaying in real-time housing development progress to local housing advocates, and building a better understanding of City policies for individual residents.”

Once complete, House Santa Rosa will help community members and developers see how individual parcels throughout the City can be developed, create greater transparency regarding housing projects that are proposed and approved, and implement efficiencies related to required annual reporting. Staff have identified three initial components to achieve these goals:

  1. Creation of an online feasibility tool for development and land improvements
  2. Development of a real-time housing dashboard
  3. Data collection and reporting improvements to current permitting system

Funding for this initiative is provided by a Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) grant from the State of California, which provided the $500,000 that must be allocated by September 2023.

For more information on this project, and to start the surveys, go to