Petaluma

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Housing Element Status
Certified
Rent Burden
49%
rent burdened
Affordable Housing Production
95%
affordable permits issued
Housing Policies and Programs
111
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

111
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
5/11
Preserve
3/9
Produce
8/14
Prevent
3/8
Commercial Development Impact Fee
Condominium Conversion Ordinance
Flexible Parking Requirements
Form-Based Codes
Graduated Density Bonus
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance
In-Lieu Fees (Inclusionary Zoning)
Locally-Funded Homebuyer Assistance
Mobile Homes Conversion Ordinance
Preservation of Mobile Homes (Rent Stabilization Ordinance)
Reduced Fees or Permit Waivers
Streamlined Permitting Process
Tenant-Based Assistance
Acquisition/Rehabiliation/Conversion
By-Right Strategies
General Fund Allocation
Homeowner Repair or Rehabilitation
Home Sharing Programs
Housing Development Impact Fee
Housing Overlay Zones
Implementation of SB743
Just Cause Eviction
One-to-One Replacement
Rent Stabilization
SRO Preservation Ordinance
Surplus Public Lands Act
Petaluma'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
2.1 Provide developers with an inventory of sites with a wide range of densities that allows a variety of product types
Encourage a mix of housing types
Since 2015, staff has met with prospective developers and property owners and used the City's Development Review Committee to facilitate thoughtful concept discussions about housing development opportunities. The site inventory is available on the city's webpage and in the current Housing Element. Continued Appropriateness: The sites inventory is updated in the 2023-2031 Housing Element and will be provided on the City’s website. The inventory will be updated at least every six months as part of the City’s compliance with SB 166 (No Net Loss) requirements. This program is moved to Goal 1 as part of the City’s RHNA strategy.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
6.7 Continue to support the construction of senior housing.
Promote the construction and maintenance of housing for the elderly.
Since 2015, 315 units of senior affordable housing units have either been rehabilitated (213) or approved (102). The city has provided CDBG, and Housing In-Lieu funding to Rebuilding Together and Petaluma Ecumenical Properties (PEP) to support this goal. [for construction?] [Question for staff: how many units were rehabbed and how many were constructed.] Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program to construct and maintain senior housing. The City will be working with non-profit developers and community agencies to implement these ongoing programs. .
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
6.9 Continue to require the inclusion of disabled-accessible units in projects that receive city assistance.
Promote the provisions of disabled-accessible units and housing for developmentally, mentally and physically disabled.
The City continues to comply with ADA and California Building Code accessibility requirementis in the process of adopting a visitability and universal design ordinance that requires new housing to be designed with accessibility requirements in addition to those required by the California Building Code. It is anticipated that the ordinance will be adopted and effective before summer 2022. [Question for staff: Staff Question? ADA and CBC requirements should not be referenced here, but if there is a city policy that requires more than this, it could be mentioned here. If there is no greater requirement, it should not be included in the HE] Continued Appropriateness: This is a standard requirement and not included in the 2023-2031 Housing Element as a separate housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
10.1 Continue to evaluate residential projects for consistency with Section 66473.1 (Energy Conservation) of the Subdivision Map Act during the development review process.
Promote the use of energy conservation features in the design of residential development.
The City continues to comply with the Building Code requirements on energy conservation. In 2020 the City adopted a mandatory all-electric code for new construction and substantial remodels and additions that exceed base requirements of the California Building Code. Continued Appropriateness: This is a routine policy and is not separately identified in the Housing Element as a program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
1.1 Utilize sites within the UGB to accommodate anticipated long-term residential growth
Promote Residential Development within the Urban Growth Boundary
Since 2015, the City has approved 1,675 housing units. Between 2015 and 2020 , 1,187 units were permitted:  ·       36 Very Low Income·       48 Low Income·       121·       982 Above Moderate Income Moderate Income
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
7.3 Develop a reasonable accommodation procedure. A reasonable accommodation procedure will ensure persons with disabilities equal access to housing in accordance with fair housing laws.
Discourage discriminatory housing practices.
[City staff – Is this completed?] Provide staff with the level of details and I can edit. Continued Appropriateness: This 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program action to establish a reasonable accommodation procedure.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
5.5 Continue to impose long-term resale controls or rent restrictions on affordable units provided through the inclusionary housing program or city subsidies to ensure that they remain affordable to the targeted income groups.
Ensure the long-term affordability of units developed or provided with City assistance.
Since 2015, 3 affordable properties went through rehabilitation which also extended their rent restrictions for 30 to 55 more years. Continued Appropriateness: This is part of the Inclusionary Housing requirements and is included in the 2023-2031 Housing Element as part of the inclusionary housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
6.1 Continue to support the Petaluma People Services Center (PPSC) Homeless Prevention Program, including the Mediated Assistance Program and the Renters Assistance Program.
Support efforts to prevent homelessness.
The City provides funding to partner agencies to support community services that prevent homelessness. Since 2015, $159,000 of funding has been allocated to this program. The City also allocated $450,000 of CDBG-CV funding to COTS and PPSC for a rental assistance program. Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program to provide support services. However, specific agencies or social service programs are not separately identified in the Housing Element as a housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
6.6 Continue to participate in the Countywide Continuum of Care planning process as a “lead agency” along with the City of Santa Rosa and the County of Sonoma.
Support efforts to provide transitional and supportive housing to those moving from homelessness to independent living.
The City continues to participate in the Continuum of Care. The County of Sonoma is the lead agency for the CofC. The County is in the process of changing the administrative framework and updating policies and programs. This includes developing a County wide Stategic Plan, improving data tools and revising the process for funding recommendations. The City and service providers in Petaluma received ongoing funding from the CofC for homeless services. This funding is used to leverage the city investment in providing services. [Question for staff – only one agency should be considered the lead agency for the CoC – is that the County? And what has the City accomplished?] Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program to provide support services. However, specific agencies or social service programs are not separately identified in the Housing Element as a housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
7.1 Continue to refer fair housing complaints to the Mediation Assistance Program administered by the Petaluma People Service Center.
Discourage discriminatory housing practices.
Since 2015, $190,175 has been allocated to support program operations. Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Program includes a number of housing programs to affirmatively further fair housing, include fair housing outreach and enforcement.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
9.2 Monitor and continue to work with the managers of affordable and special needs housing projects to minimize potential impacts on surrounding neighborhoods.
Promote the integration of affordable and special needs housing projects on existing neighborhoods.
The City is in the process of developing objective design standards for residential development. The City has worked closely with affordable housing developers, including PEP, COTS, Danco, MidPen, and Burbank during the 5th cycle to ensure that projects engage neighbors and community stakeholders and minimize negative impacts to the surroundign area. Continued Appropriateness: This policy direction is implemented through various programs and is not separately identified in the 2023-2031 Housing Element as a separate housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
2.3 Treat transitional and supportive housing as residential uses contained in each respective zone.
Review and adjust city residential development standards that are determined to be a constraint on the development of housing.
In 2018 the City updated its Zoning Ordinance to allow transitional and supportive housing as a residential use in all zones. Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program action to amend the City’s Zoning Code to address new State law on Supportive Housing (AB 2162).
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
3.4 Continue to subsidize and defer application fees, development impact fees, and on-and off-site improvements for affordable housing sites.
Subsidize and defer fees.
In place of formerly available redevelopment housing funds, the City's In-Lieu Housing Fund has been utilized to subsidize affordable housing development. However, the In-Lieu Housing fund fees have decreased and no other local affordable housing funds have been added. [Question for staff – why is there a decrease in fee and is there plan to re-assess the fee amount?] Continued Appropriateness: In the 2023-2031 Housing Element, this program is incorporated into the overall program to facilitate affordable housing development.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
4.5 Continue to support the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MMC) program administered by the County Community Development Commission
Utilize the Mortage Credit Certificate Program for Low-Income Homebuyer
This program is no longer available through the County Community Development Commission but is applied through local lenders. Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes other resources for homebuyer assistance. MCC is removed from the Housing Element.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
6.5 Continue to support the ongoing maintenance of a City-owned four-bedroom house on Rocca Drive, leased and operated by the Vietnam Veterans of California serving homeless male veterans who are enrolled in the Agency’s Employment and Training Program.
Support efforts to provide transitional and supportive housing to those moving from homelessness to independent living.
The City provides funding for program operational support and leases the home for $1 per year. The agency is responsible for ongoing maintenance of the property. The agency has changed their name to Nations Finest and is still operation the program at the Rocca Drive home. Continued Appropriateness: The 2023-2031 Housing Element includes a program to provide support services. However, specific agencies or social service programs are not separately identified in the Housing Element as a housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
9.1 Continue to address community input of such projects on surrounding neighborhoods during the design review and approval process.
Promote the integration of affordable and special needs housing projects on existing neighborhoods.
The City is in the process of developing objective design standards for residential development. Through the Inclusionary Housing on-site requirement, the City facilitates the integration of affordable housing within existing neighborhoods. The City has a robust community engagement and public noticing policy to engage neighbors during the entitlement process and has a track record of working with affordable housing providers to engage neighbors and stakeholders early and often even when reviewing projects under streamlined provisions. Continued Appropriateness: This policy direction is implemented through various programs and is not separately identified in the 2023-2031 Housing Element as a separate housing program.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
3.8 Actively participate in the Sonoma County Water Agency's project to increase the capacity of the City's water supply system in order to secure a safe, reliable imported water supply.
Provide safe, secure water supply.
The Department of Public Works and Utilities participates with the Sonoma County Water Agency to secure the City's water. Continued Appropriateness: Water shortage continues to be a constraint to development. This program is included in the 2023-2031 Housing Element.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
4.2 Continue to work with non-profit housing organizations to benefit from their expertise in and resources for developing and supporting affordable housing.
Communicate and work with non-profit housing agencies to share funding information for affordable housing.
The City continues to coordinate with nonprofit housing organizations to pursue affordable housing opportunities. Continued Appropriateness: In the 2023-2031 Housing Element, this program is incorporated into the overall program to facilitate affordable housing development.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
4.4 Administer the Housing-Commercial Linkage Fee Program
Implement the Commmercial - Housing Linage Fee Program
Since 2015, $1,693,019 has been received from fees for the Housing Commercial Linkage fees and these funds have been used to support a variety of housing projects and programs, including funding award for the Meridian at Corona Station project. Continued Appropriateness: Commercial Linkage Fee is an important component of the City’s affordable housing strategy and is included in the 2023-2021 Housing Element.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
2022
4.6 Continue the existing partnership with the County Housing Land Trust to administer the Homebuyer's Assistance Program for low and moderate income households
Support the County Housing Land Trust
The City has a contract and works in partnership with the Housing Land Trust to administer the Ownership Program. This includes administration when new properties enter the program as well as preserve housing upon resale. Some recent and current projects include Brody Ranch, Casa I, and Riverbend. Continued Appropriateness: In the 2023-2031 Housing Element, this program is incorporated into the overall program to facilitate affordable housing development.
2023-01-31 00:00:00
5th cycle, 2013 to 2022
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