Clayton

Housing Element Status
Adopted
Rent Burden
N/A
rent burdened
Affordable Housing Production
20%
affordable permits issued
Housing Policies and Programs
50
total policies
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Proposed Policies and Programs

Housing policies and programs are the strategies and laws that cities and counties legally have at their disposal to produce more and preserve existing affordable housing, as well as protect existing residents from getting displaced from their homes and communities.

5th Cycle Programs and Policies

50
policies and programs

Local housing policies and programs, as part of a housing element, have significant impacts on a city or county reaching its affordable housing goals. Each additional housing policy has a significant impact on the residents who are most in need of affordable housing. However, the number of policies or programs that a jurisdiction includes in their housing element is not meant to imply how well a city or county is addressing local housing needs since the quality and impact of each will need to be determined as well. Policies and programs listed here from jurisdictions’ Housing Elements are intended to allow readers to review the text themselves and see if a city or county is doing all they can to reach their affordable housing goals.

Historic 2018 Policies and Programs Categorization

To further policy innovation and local action, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) contacted all of the region's jurisdictions to track the adoption of key housing policies throughout the nine county Bay Area in four major categories Protect, Preserve, Produce, and Prevent. This data is from ABAG’s Policies and Program list and was last updated in 2018/2019.

Protect
0/11
Preserve
0/9
Produce
5/14
Prevent
0/8
By-Right Strategies
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
In-Lieu Fees (Inclusionary Zoning)
Streamlined Permitting Process
Surplus Public Lands Act
Acquisition/Rehabiliation/Conversion
Commercial Development Impact Fee
Condominium Conversion Ordinance
Flexible Parking Requirements
Form-Based Codes
General Fund Allocation
Graduated Density Bonus
Homeowner Repair or Rehabilitation
Home Sharing Programs
Housing Development Impact Fee
Housing Overlay Zones
Implementation of SB743
Just Cause Eviction
Locally-Funded Homebuyer Assistance
Mobile Homes Conversion Ordinance
One-to-One Replacement
Preservation of Mobile Homes (Rent Stabilization Ordinance)
Reduced Fees or Permit Waivers
Rent Stabilization
SRO Preservation Ordinance
Tenant-Based Assistance
Clayton's Recorded Housing Policies

The California Department of Housing and Community Development tracks all of the ongoing and completed programs from 2018 onward and can be seen in the table below.

YEAR
PROGRAM NAME
PROGRAM OBJECTIVE
STATUS
ACCOMPLISHED DATE
HOUSING CYCLE
2022
Implementation Measure VI.1.3
The City shall continue cooperation with the regional/countywide housing task force.
The City cooperates with and will continue to cooperate with the regional/countywide housing task force.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure V.1.1
The City shall continue to provide energy conservation brochures at City Hall and the Clayton Community Library.
The City provides and will continue to provide energy conservation brochures at City Hall and at the Clayton Community Library. The City has also dedicated a page on its website to Green Building, which includes energy conservation through building design.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure VI.1.2
The City shall continue to participate in regional efforts addressing housing, employment, and transportation.
The City participates in regional efforts addressing housing, employment, and transportation issues by being involved in ABAG's Plan Bay Area process and TRANSPAC (regional transportation planning committee for central Contra Costa County).
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure V.1.2
The City will review and consider possible amendments to the General Plan, Zoning Ordinance, and related policy and regulatory documents to improve energy conservation beyond CalGreen Tier 1 standards.
The City supports and will continue to support energy conservation by encouraging Green Building in both new development and remodels. In 2018, the City dedicated a page on its website to Green Building, which includes energy conservation through building design.
12/31/17
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure I.2.1
For residential projects of 10 or more units, developers will be required to develop an Affordable Housing Plan that requires a 10% minimum of the units to be built or created as affordable housing units.
On August 16, 2016, the City Council passed and adopted an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which provided the details of the Affordable Housing Plan as identified in Implementation Measure I.2.1. This Ordinance requires that 10 percent of the units for ownership residential projects containing 10 or more units to be established as affordable housing units. On January 15, 2019, the City Council passed an Ordinance to apply the same inclusionary housing requirements to rental housing projects as allowed for by Assembly Bill 1505. Entitlements for the Diablo Meadows and Oak Creek Canyon single-family residential developments approved in February 2020 and July 2021, respectively, each included commitments and requirements for deed restriction of at least 10 percent of the developments' units as affordable to low or moderate income households.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure I.3.1
The City Shall continue to promote the development of second dwelling units and will aim to approve two second dwelling units a year.
The City has continued to promote accessory dwelling units (ADUs) and provides informational handouts. The City issued zoning clearance for three accessory dwelling units in each of the 2020 and 2021 calendar years. In 2021, the City entitled two housing developments (Diablo Meadows and Oak Creek Canyon), which will include four ADUs between them; building permits for three of the ADUs were issued in 2022. In addition to building permits for ADUs in new developments, in 2022, the City issued zoning approvals for four ADUs and one junior ADU unit on existing properties previously developed with single-family houses in the City. In 2022, the City also initiated a contract with a design firm for the preparation of six pre-reviewed ADU plans to make available to property owners, to abbreviate owners' design and permitting processes for ADUs.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure IV.2.1
The City will provide information on proposed affordable housing projects to the public through the City's public hearing process in the form of study sessions, public hearings, and public meetings.
The City ensures the public is notified of any City hearings on development projects, including affordable housing projects. For any such hearings, notice would be placed on community boards within the City, published in the local newspaper of general circulation (East Bay Times) when required, and mailed by first class mail to owners of property within a 300-foot radius of the proposed project site and other parties expressing interest in a project.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure IV.3.2
The City will continue to implement its universal design ordinance and continue to distribute its brochure on universal design standards, resources for design, and compliance with City requirements.
The City continues to implement its universal design ordinance (Clayton Municipal Code chapter 15.92) as projects come forward and continues to distribute brochures on universal design.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure IV.3.1
The City shall continue to distribute public information brochures on reasonable accommodations for disabled persons and enforcement programs of the California Fair Employment and Housing Council.
The City currently distributes and will continue to distribute public information brochures on reasonable accommodation for disabled persons and enforcement programs.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure III.1.3
The City shall review potential funding opportunities through the County HOME program and apply for funding for applicable projects when development opportunities arise.
The City does not have any eligible projects.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure IV.1.1
The City shall review its Zoning Ordinance, policies, and practices to ensure compliance with fair housing laws.
The City continually reviews its Zoning Ordinance, policies and practices to ensure compliance with fair housing laws. The City performs updates and amendments when necessary to ensure compliance.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure II.1.3
The City shall amend the Zoning Ordinance to allow transitional and supportive housing in the LC (Limited Commercial) zoning district as a residential use subject only to the requirements of other residential uses in this district in compliance with Senate Bill 2 (2007).
On August 16, 2016, the City Council adopted an Ordinance allowing transitional and supportive housing in the LC zoning district subject only to the requirements of other residential uses in this district.
One to two years after HE adoption
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure II.1.2
The City shall amend the Zoning Ordinance to speficaially allow employee housing for six or fewer residents as a permitted use in residential zoning districts.
On August 16, 2016, the City Council adopted an Ordinance specifically allowing employee housing for six or fewer residents as a permitted use in residential zoning districts, in compliance with Health and Safety Code Section 17021.5.
12/31/15
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure III.1.2
The City shall seek funding to develop and implement a down payment assistance program for first-time homebuyers by working with the County or by developing its own program that can be used with the Mortgage Credit Certificate Program, new inclusionary units or alone.
The City explored funding cources such as CalHome and HOME and did not find any funding sources available for this use. The City will continue to seek funding in order to implement a down payment assistance program for first time homebuyers.
12/31/15
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure VI.1.4
The City shall continue to work with the Association of Bay Area Governments on FOCUS program implementation.
Many of the FOCUS initiatives have limited application to Clayton given the lack of transit service and little land available to create employment centers. However, the City recognizes that its Town Center has the potential to support more dense housing that could enhance the walkability of the district and make more efficient use of land resources.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure II.2.2
The City shall monitor the impact of development fees and consider waiving or deferring fees for affordable housing projects, if and when funding is available.
The City has continued to monitor the impact of development fees and to consider waiving or deferring fees if there is funding available.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure III.2.1
The City will continue to maintain and annually update the inventory of affordable housing projects and identify those that may be at risk of converting to market rate in the future.
The City continues to maintain and annually update the inventory of affordable housing, which includes the timeframe of affordability expiration. Annual reports for the privately-owned affordable housing units are required to be submitted to the City.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure V.1.3
The City will expore home energy and water efficiency improvement financing opportunities available through PACE programs, such as HERO or Figtree.
The City has previously opted into three different PACE programs: HERO, Figtree and CaliforniaFirst. (HERO and FigTree PACE no longer exist.)
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure IV.1.1
The City shall continue to support responsible state legislation which allows municipalities to enter into equitable agreements with other entities to transfer and financially participate in the provision of fair-share housing units closer to transportation centers and work centers outside the city limits, while retaining full credit for transferred units.
Clayton is not a regional jobs center and is not well served by transit. Regional planning goals include focusing development near transit and jobs. The State legislature continues to pass laws, such as Senate Bill 10 in 2021, that encourage such development approaches; however, over the past decade, little legislative interest has been shown to allow jurisdictions to "trade" regional housing allocations among themselves.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
Implementation Measure III.1.1
The City shall continue to refer interested persons to the Contra Costa County's Mortgage Credit Certificate Program, the Mortgage Revenue Bond Program, and the Owner-Occupied Housing Regabilitation Program. The City will continue to disseminate information regarding Contra Costa Housing Authority's Lower-Income Rental Assistance Program and Aftercare Certificates as information becomes available.
The City has continued to promote assistance for first-time homebuyers and lower-income renters by referring inquiries to County programs and by disseminating information as it becomes available.
12/31/23
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
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