Meeting Date: December 11, 2013 Page 1 Agenda Item V. A.
CITY OF LAKEPORT PLANNING COMMISSION
OA 13-06 / Density Bonus Ordinance
December 11, 2013
Andrew Britton, Planning Services Manager
PURPOSE OF REPORT:
Information only Discussion Commission Action
WHAT IS BEING ASKED OF THE PLANNING COMMISSION:
Public hearing, discussion and recommendation to the City Council regarding the adoption of an ordinance that would modify the
Zoning Ordinance to provide density bonuses and other development incentives for affordable housing projects in accordance with State law.
State Planning and Zoning Law requires all cities in California to provide specified incentives to development projects that set aside a portion of their residential units as affordable for low income households. The requirements are commonly referred to as the
“density bonus law” because the law allows developers of affordable housing to build
more residential units than would otherwise be allowed under the General Plan and Zoning Ordinance. The density bonus law was enacted in 1979 and has been amended several times since. The law was substantially revised in 2005 (via SB 1818) to require cities to not only grant a density bonus, but to grant additional incentives including, but not limited to, mandatory reduced parking requirements and waivers of other development standards. The density bonus law is codified in California Government Code Sections 65915 through 65918 (Attachment A).
Government Code Section 65915(a) states that “all cities….shall adopt an ordinance that specifies how compliance with this section will be implemented.”
The City of Lakeport adopted a comprehensive update to its Housing Element in 2009.
Chapter 6 of the Housing Element describes the City’s housing goals, policies and programs that are expected to be implemented during the course of the Element’s five
-year action plan. One of the primary goals of the Housing Element (Goal 2, Page 6-5
) is to “
encourage development of housing to meet the regional housing needs allocations.”
Several policies are related to this goal, including Policy 2A which states: The City shall encourage additional housing to meet the City's Regional Housing Need Allocations by maintaining an inventory of adequate sites to