are eligible for density bonuses if
of the units are affordable to
very low income
50percent of median
80 percent of median
are affordable to
120 percent of median
or less, but only if the project is a common interest development
ofthe units, including the moderate-income units,are available for sale to the public.
These required percentages ofaffordable housing apply only to the project
anydensity bonus, not the entire project. For instance, assume that a 100-unit project isentitled to a 20 percent densitybonus, giving a totalof120 units. To qualify for the 20 percent bonus, the project need only provide:
Government Code section 65915(a). All further references are to the Government Code unless otherwise indicated.In addition, all references are to the statute as amended by SB435, Chapter 496, Statutes of 2005 (effective January1, 2006.)
Section 65915(g)(5) (which states that the bonuses apply to housing developments consisting of five or moredwelling units); Section 65915(j) (defining "housing development" as including residential units, subdivisions,conversion of commercial buildings to residences, and rehabilitation of apartments that creates additional dwellingunits). The definitions are poorly written and could be interpreted to allow a density bonus for an existing affordabledevelopment. However, Section 65915(b)(1) states that a bonus is available when an applicable "agrees to
" a housing development, implying that the bill does not apply to existing developments.
Section 65915(b)(1)(B) (referring to Health & Safety Code § 50105 for definition of very low income households;see also 25 CCR § 6926). Income levels for all categories areadjusted by household size and published annually for each county by the California Department of Housing and Community Development.See 25 CCR § 6932..
Section 65915(b)(1)(A) (referring to Health & Safety Code § 50079.5 for definition of lower income households;see also 25 CCR § 6928).
As defined by Civil Code § 1351.
Section 65915(b)(1)(D) (referring to Health & Safety Code § 50093 for definition of moderate income households;see also 25 CCR § 6930).