Arcata City
CA

Staff Report
2174

Housing Element Vacant Sites Inventory Map and Implementation Measure Review

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Introduction

At the October 8, 2019, Planning Commission meeting, the Planning Commission received a report on the draft vacant sites inventory and revisions to the policies and implementation measures.  Tonight’s agenda item will focus on review of the vacant sites inventory map as well as the proposed new implementation measures. 

Discussion/Fiscal Impact

 

DISCUSSION:

The State requires that the City provide an inventory of sites available to accommodate the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation of 610 units.  This housing element cycle, the City is also required to indicate on the sites inventory which parcels are suitable for lower income, moderate income, or above moderate income housing.   As discussed in the October 8, 2019, Planning Commission Meeting, the State has specific requirements for the parcels that can be allocated to the lower income categories.  Table 1 shows Arcata’s allocation by income level.  Staff will bring up the vacant sites GIS map for review at the meeting.


Table 1. Regional Housing Needs Allocation

Jurisdiction

Very Low Income Allocation

Low Income Allocation

Moderate Income Allocation

Above Moderate Allocation

Proposed Total RHNA Allocation

Arcata

142

95

111

262

610

Blue Lake

7

4

5

7

23

Eureka

231

147

172

402

952

Ferndale

9

5

6

13

33

Fortuna

73

46

51

120

290

Rio Dell

12

8

9

22

51

Trinidad

4

4

3

7

18

Unincorporated Area

351

223

256

583

1,413

RHNA TARGETS

829

532

613

1,416

3,390

 

Using the maximum density allowable, development of all of the vacant parcels identified in the attached inventory would create approximately 351 housing units (Table 2).  Based on the estimated production on vacant sites, building permits issued between January 1, 2019 and October 4, 2019, the proposed units from the Creekside annexation, and the estimated number of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s) that will be built over the planning period, we will need to identify programs in the Housing Element that will help facilitate the creation of 123 units of low and very low income housing (Table 2).

Table 2. Unit Breakdown by Site Type/Project

 

Zones

RHNA

Vacant Inventory

Projects, building permits issued between 1/1/19 and 10/4/19

Projects, Creek Side

Projects, ADUs (projected)

Remaining

Very Low

RH, RM

142

23

20

0

0

99

Low

RH, RM

95

23

23

25

0

24

Moderate

RH, RM

111

52

9

32

80

0

Above Moderate

RL, RVL

262

253

4

32

0

0

Total

 

610

351

56

89

80

123

 

Staff is currently working with the consultant to refine the implementation measures being considered for the Housing Element, and will present on the programs under consideration at the meeting.

Meeting History

Oct 22, 2019 6:00 PM Video Planning Commission Regular Meeting

On a motion by Commissioner Vaissade-Elcock and seconded by Commissioner White, this item was approved to be taken up at the next Planning Commission meeting.

Ayes: Tangney (Chair), Mayer (Vice-Chair), Reinman, Vaissade-Elcock, White. Noes: None. Absent: Barstow. Abstention: None.

RESULT:WITHDRAWN