Affordable Housing Requirements Update

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About the Affordable Housing requirements update

The City of Santa Clara is looking at options for updating its Inclusionary Housing Policies. Such considerations include an affordable housing impact fee applicable to rental apartments, a jobs housing linkage fee applicable to non-residential development and other updates to the city’s affordable housing policies. The overall goal of these policies is to increase the City’s ability to provide affordable housing with adequate choice of tenure, type and location for low- and moderate-income and special needs households.

Santa Clara’s Inclusionary Housing Policy

The City’s Inclusionary Housing Policy was established in 1992 and is described in the 2010-2035 General Plan. The Policy requires new developments of for-sale housing of 10 or more units to provide at least 10 percent of units at below market rates for moderate income households. The city does not currently charge an in-lieu fee for residential development and affordable housing requirements do not currently apply to non-residential projects.

The General Plan also outlines other Affordable Housing incentives including encouraging and supporting public and private efforts to provide affordable housing, density bonuses and other financial incentives for housing projects that include affordable and/or senior housing units, consistent with State law requirements.

What updates are being considered?

The Ad Hoc Affordable Housing Working Group reached a consensus on requirements, in-lieu fees and impact fees towards providing Affordable Housing in the City of Santa Clara and presented them to the City Council on July 11, 2017. At this meeting, Council directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance for Council consideration. The draft ordinance includes inclusionary requirements for new residential development, in-lieu fees for residential development, impact fees for non-residential development and other considerations such as a provision for pipeline projects, a grace period, activities exempt from the fees and timing for fee payment.

The Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance and Draft Affordable Housing Resolution can be found below:

Draft City of Santa Clara Affordable Housing Ordinance
Draft Resolution of the City of Santa Clara Affordable Housing Fees
Draft Frequently Asked Questions and Summary of Fees Handout

How can I learn more?

Please contact Anna McGill, Associate Planner to receive project notices, meeting announcements, and updates via email and telephone below.

Attend a meeting

A number community and stakeholder meetings were held from January to February, 2017, to gather input on the Affordable Housing Nexus Study and the proposed Affordable Housing Impact Fees. Staff presented the results of the community input to City Council at their February 21st 2017 meeting. At this meeting, the Council directed staff to organize a Stakeholder Group to host a series of four Affordable Housing Working Group Meetings in order to gain additional input from the community on the proposed Affordable Housing Impact Fees. The staff report and presentation from this meeting can be found in the Resources section below.

The Working Group meetings were held on the following dates:

The Affordable Housing Working Group's recommendations were presented to the City Council on July 11, 2017 and the City Council directed staff to prepare a draft ordinance for the Council's Consideration. For an full description of the motions and recommendations, please see the Council Meeting Minutes July 11, 2017.

The public hearing for the Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance was originally scheduled for Public Hearing on October 10, 2017, but the Council agreed to continue the Agenda item to allow additional time for staff to analyze the implications of recently passed Assembly Bill 1505 (enabling jurisdictions to adopt affordable housing inclusionary requirement for residential rental development in addition to for-sale development) and other legislation such as SB2 (Atkins); SB3 (Beal); AB1505 (Bloom); SB 35 (Scott Winer); AB1397 (Evan Low); and AB 678/SB 167. Staff has completed the analysis of this legislation and will now be returning to draft Affordable Housing Ordinance to Council.

The Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance will be reviewed by the City Council on December 5, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the City Council Chambers (1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050). 

If the Council moves forward on December 5th, the second reading of the Draft Affordable Housing Ordinance will be on December 19, 2017 at 7:00 PM at the City Council Chambers (1500 Warburton Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95050) and the Ordinance would be effective on January 18, 2018.

Please check back to this website for details on future Affordable Housing Update progress.

Comments or questions?

Contact Anna McGill, Associate Planner
(408) 615-2458 


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