Board rejects plan for housing

archive_import

By SCOTT PESZNECKER

The board of supervisors yesterday rejected a battery of proposals aimed at increasing low-cost housing in Calaveras County.

Supervisors instead postponed adoption of a proposed new general plan housing element, and turned down a version sent to them by the Calaveras County Planning Commission and including a number of measures designed to meet housing needs over the next six years.

Suggested updates would have required builders to provide affordable housing as part of their projects or to help pay for it elsewhere.

The county's present housing element expires at the end of this year. By law, a new element must be both certified by the state and adopted by supervisors by Jan. 1.

Though the county Planning Department suggested a revamp, supervisors yesterday said no thanks.

The board did, however, vote to form a group of affordable-housing advocates, real estate agents, lenders, land surveyors and others to brainstorm ways to bring lower-cost housing into the county.

"I'd rather see a grassroots effort, rather than a government regulatory type of thing," Supervisor Victoria Erickson said.

But this committee's work would not be done in time to incorporate it into the housing element.

The element vote is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 6. Supervisors will also vote then whether to send what may be an unchanged document to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for review a step that must be taken before final approval.

Habitat for Humanity member Frank Meyer said he doesn't agree with the supervisors' decision. He said the current element hasn't worked before and is "inadequate" in addressing today's housing problems.

In a memo to supervisors last week, Deputy Planning Director Robert Sellman said the existing housing element will not provide the 736 very-low-income housing units, 523 low-income units and 672 moderate-income units that will be needed in the county within the next six years.

11510413
The Union Democrat
This image is copyrighted.

Reach all of Sonora, Calaveras County, Tuolumne, Angels Camp, Twain Harte, & Jamestown with your items to sell.

Ads appear Online and in Print

View Classifieds Place an Ad

Connect with The Union Democrat

Union Democrat Newsstand

Tuesday February 28, 2017

Read digital interactive editions of our publications

Read Today's Edition Take A Tour

More Publications by The Union Democrat

View All Publications
McClintock town hall draws large, divided crowd

02/22/2017

There was patriotic singing, chanting and sign waving inside the packed 569-seat ... more

Diverse views outside McClintock Town Hall

02/22/2017

They came with signs and flags and at least one mask, expressing ... more

Weather takes a swipe at Groveland business

02/23/2017

Recent road damage, rockfall, slides and Merced River flooding in January have ... more

County appoints working group on marijuana regulations

02/22/2017

What do two county supervisors, a former California Highway Patrol commander, a ... more