Policy Agenda

Advocacy for 2018:

  1. Housing You Matters Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Accountability Program which includes:

    • University based educational program directed to elected officials and policy makers in our region on housing policy and law.

    • Work with community groups, business organizations and governmental entities to conduct forums for educating stakeholders on benefits of building to our projected housing needs in order to assure a bright future.

    • Track pending state legislation around RHNA focused on creating and preserving affordable housing, streamlining housing development and, accountability and enforcement.

  2. Monitor and support new policies by cities, the County and nonprofit organizations that meet the goals of delivering housing at all price points including:

    • Parking reform in transit corridors.
    • Converting development fees in urban areas from per-unit to per-square feet.
    • Helping to catalyze an affordable housing density bonus code in cities around the County modeled after the City of San Diego’s.
    • Encourage compliance with the new State Law on Accessory Dwelling Unit and ensure that ADUs are easier to build and with less expensive fees.
    • Advocate for Master EIRs to be included in General Plan and Community Plan Updates and around SANDAG Smart Growth nodes.
    • Showcase infill projects that can be built with ministerial approval. 
    • Work to secure sustainable funding for Affordable Housing.
    • Encourage and support appropriate streamlining of development process throughout our region.

Ongoing Goals:

  1. Advocate for and visibly support higher density housing in Transit Priority Areas which will help achieve the goal of creating more housing, at all price points, and lowering greenhouse gases to address our changing climate challenge.
  2. Identify and advocate for broad‐based funding for infrastructure as well as innovative solutions such as enhanced infrastructure financing districts.
  3. Advocate for storm water runoff regulations that shift burden from individual infill projects to city-wide solutions.
  4. Hold cities accountable for existing, approved planning tools and processes such as the Climate Action Plan, Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA), and the SANDAG Smart Growth Concept Map. 
  5. Encourage SANDAG to staff a Housing Committee to track regional housing needs, number of homes built on an annual basis, and obstacles to production at all price points.
  6. Develop list of what we need from electeds and then develop a toolkit so they have the research and language to tell the story that makes the case for increasing the number of homes built.
  7. Meet with all 18 Mayors, City Council members and the Board of Supervisors to introduce HYM and begin the conversation.
  8. Ensure that the County of San Diego completes now-languishing community plans for walkable Villages.
  9. Explore strategies to catalyze production of middle-income housing bridging the gap between subsidized and highly-regulated Affordable Housing and market-rate housing.
  10. Develop and implement education and outreach campaign for Cities, Planners, Community Planning Groups, Chambers and other relevant organizations
  11. Maintain livability of existing housing stock, with emphasis on preservation of attainable housing like single room occupancy hotels.

HYM Coalition Meeting

Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Councilmembers Georgette Gomez and David Alvarez, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer, roll out the California Sustainable and Affordable Housing Density Act.