Community input is needed to assess the need for a current and a new fee for affordable housing development.
The City of Santa Rosa is requesting input for two fees that are designed to help stimulate growth of affordable housing for its Housing Action Plan. Adopted in 2016, the Housing Action Plan tasks City staff with increasing production of affordable- to market-rate-level housing within the City, as well as directs staff to evaluate fees for this goal.
Beginning August 7, City staff will conduct five meetings in order to receive input on policy options that will impact how affordable housing units are built and fees are collected on developments. The two fees being discussed and studied with these meetings are the existing “in lieu of” Housing Impact Fee and the new Commercial Impact Fee.
The first two meetings are community and housing stakeholders workshops, followed by commission and city council study sessions, with the expectation of a City Council vote tentatively scheduled for October 1, 2019. The full list of meetings:
- August 7 (two meetings) – Community and Stakeholder Workshop at Finley Center Auditorium (2060 W. College Ave.)
- August 8 – Planning Commission Study Session
- August 26 – Housing Authority Study Session
- August 27 – City Council Study Session
More details can be found regarding the studies and proposals at https://srcity.org/2556/Inclusionary-Housing-Policy.