San Ramon Proposes Costly Affordable Housing Regs
San Ramon’s Housing Advisory Committee will discuss the city’s proposed new inclusionary housing ordinance and commercial linkage fee at its meeting on Oct. 3, 2018. The city currently negotiates affordable housing requirements on for-sale residential developments on a project-by-project basis but intends to adopt a comprehensive ordinance that includes rental residential and commercial projects later this year. As proposed, for-sale and rental residential projects of 10 or more units must set aside 15 percent of the homes for affordable households AND pay an additional affordable housing impact fee equivalent to 10 percent of all units. For the purposes of calculating the total number of required affordable units, accessory dwelling units and any extra units authorized under the density bonus program will not count. Applicants may propose alternative compliance options subject to city approval including off-site construction of affordable units, land dedication or preservation of existing affordable homes at risk of loss. After the Housing Advisory Committee has finalized its recommendations, a draft ordinance will advance to the city’s Planning Commission for review and the City Council for adoption. The Housing Advisory Committee meets on Oct. 3, 2018, at 5 p.m. in the San Ramon Permit Center, Community Conference Room, 2401 Crow Canyon Road in San Ramon. To read the full draft ordinance, click HERE to download the agenda packet. BIA members with comments or questions may contact BIA|Bay Area East Bay Executive Director of Governmental Affairs Lisa Vorderbrueggen at 925-348-1956 or firstname.lastname@example.org.