Grass Valley council to air moderate income home ownership |

Grass Valley council to air moderate income home ownership

The city of Grass Valley is set to discuss and approve a Moderate Income Homeownership Ordinance at the City Council meeting tonight, a hearing that was postponed two weeks ago.

The council’s agenda consists mostly of items held over from the Oct. 13 meeting, which was canceled because of a storm-related power outage.

Because those agenda items were continued to tonight, the meeting will start earlier than usual, at 5 p.m.

The housing ordinance, which will impact residential developments of 10 or more dwelling units, will replace a far more stringent affordable housing policy already on the books.

Since March 2008, a council committee has been working to boost the affordable housing supply, with a particular focus on housing for first-time homebuyers, by replacing the city’s current Inclusionary Housing Policy with a law that would offer more flexibility in how affordable housing could be built.

The city now requires a developer of 10 or more units to make 20 percent of the units affordable. The units were required to remain affordable housing for 30 years.

Affordability is defined as 80 percent of the median income in Nevada County – currently about $50,000 to $60,000.

The changes include lowering the requirement from 20 percent to 10 percent of the units, and raising the income standard from 80 percent to 120 percent of the median income. Under the new rules, the units would remain affordable for seven years.

The new ordinance also would allow a developer to either provide an affordable unit, pay an in-lieu fee, dedicate land or transfer his development rights to another property within the city.

The council also will discuss the planned Community Recovery Resources campus at West Main Street and Sierra College Drive. On Sept. 15, the Planning Commission recommended the City Council approve the CoRR Center for Hope project.

The project consists of a proposed campus for a health treatment center for substance and chemical dependency, with four buildings totaling 3,520 square feet on approximately 3 acres of land.

The City Council is scheduled to rezone some acreage from residential to commercial, amend the General Plan land-use designation on 5 acres from urban low density to commercial, and approve the development review application and certify a mitigated negative declaration as adequate under the California Environmental Quality Act.

The General Plan amendment and rezone applications include an adjacent 2-acre parcel, but no development is proposed on the adjacent parcel.

There are some new items on the consent agenda, including appointing part-time, at-will employees to replace a full-time building inspector position, authorizing the sale of surplus equipment and vehicles, and approving an agreement between the Redevelopment Agency and the Center for the Arts that provides as much as $25,000 to the center for equipment purchases and building improvements.

The City Council meeting is at 5 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall, 125 East Main St., downtown.

To contact Staff Writer Liz Kellar, e-mail or call 477-4229.

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