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City Receives $310K Planning Grant to Accelerate Housing Production

Post Date:September 23, 2019 9:03 am

The City of Davis announced today that it received a $310,000 planning grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. The grant funds will enable the City to complete the following planning activities: 

•Develop pre-approved accessory dwelling unit (ADU) building plans—to promote diverse housing options, the City will create pre-approved, ADU building plans that residents can purchase for a nominal fee. The permit-ready plans will include customizable options that will not only expedite the planning process, but also reduce preconstruction fees.  

•Establish a storm water treatment plan for the Downtown Specific Plan—as the City re-envisions the core area for its Downtown Specific Plan update, the City identified compliance with state mandates for storm water treatment as one of the most significant impediments to future redevelopment. To examine downtown-wide treatment solutions as opposed to requiring each developer to devise an individualized solution, the City will commission a study of the Toad Hollow detention basin. The goal of the study is to identify improvements and create a shovel-ready project. 

•Complete financial modeling for specific development scenarios—to right-size the City’s inclusionary housing requirement for local market conditions as well as for various development types, the City will commission an economic analysis that builds upon a previous study conducted in 2018. The analysis will include the financial modeling of specific development scenarios to identify what tools will be the most effective in producing inclusionary units and ultimately ensuring a diverse housing stock.

“This grant money will allow the City to examine several issues that are serving as barriers to housing production,” said Mike Webb, City Manager. “I look forward to seeing these initiatives get underway.”

 "This is one more example of how our city is working hard to get back taxpayer monies our residents have paid to the state and to use them to address our serious challenges we face in providing affordable housing,” said Dan Carson, City Councilmember.  “A recent City poll showed that housing affordability is a top concern of our residents. This grant will help us make it easier and simpler for residents to add on small housing units to their homes that will meet our high standards, and assist us in assessing the contributions that builders should make to add low-income units to their projects."

The non-competitive grant is part of HCD’s Planning Grants Program created in 2018 as result of SB 2 (Atkins, 2017). SB 2 enacted a $75 recording fee on real estate documents, thereby establishing a permanent source of revenue intended to increase housing production in California. 

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For more information, please contact Barbara Archer in the City Manager’s Office at barcher@cityofdavis.org or 530-747-5884.

 


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