Housing Element Update
The City of Santa Rosa is updating the Housing Element of the General Plan. The Housing Element is an important part of the City’s General Plan that describes housing-related needs and resources in Santa Rosa, focusing on the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing. The Housing Element establishes a strategy to address housing needs for community members across the economic and social spectrum.
Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing Environmental Impact Report
The City of Santa Rosa is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the proposed Jennings Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Rail Crossing project. The proposed project includes construction and operation of an at-grade pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue and the possible closure of an at-grade rail crossing at either Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street. Construction of an at-grade pedestrian and bicycle rail crossing at Jennings Avenue would include installation of crossing surfaces across the two sets of railroad tracks present at the site, including a pathway leading to the crossing on either side of the rail corridor. Closure of a rail crossing at Sixth, Seventh, or Eighth Street would include removal of existing crossing surfaces and installation of improvements to prevent access, such as roadway barricades.
Social Advocates for Youth's Dream Center
Social Advocates for Youth (SAY), a non-profit organization providing housing, counseling and employment services to disadvantaged children and young adults has filed Conditional Use Permit, Rezoning and Minor Design Review applications proposing to occupy the former Warrack hospital with their headquarters as well as a Transitional Housing and Emergency Shelter location for up to 63 young adults (ages 18-24). The site is located at 2449 Summerfield Road and adjacent parcels. The file number is for this project is MJP13-005.
Reunification of Courthouse Square Environmental Impact Report
The Courthouse Square Draft Tiered Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is available for public review. The project consists of removing one block of Mendocino Avenue between Third and Fourth Streets in downtown Santa Rosa to allow for the reunification of two existing park areas into a central Square. The project would create a central gathering place for Santa Rosa residents and visitors, and would be used for a wide variety of community events such as farmers’ markets, concerts and outdoor art exhibits
Nexus-Based Affordable Housing Fee Analysis - Draft Housing Impact Fee Schedules
Draft reports have been developed which document the demand of market rate for-sale and rental housing on the need for affordable housing. Click the link above to read the analysis for both for-sale and rental housing and to access proposed fee schedules for for-sale and rental housing.
Community Development Fees
A Full Cost of Services Study for the Community Development Department was conducted. The basic concept of the study was to determine the full cost of each individual service provided by the development-related departments for which the City charges a fee for services.
The full cost may not necessarily become the City’s fee, but it serves as the objective basis upon which the City Council can make informed decisions regarding the final fee level. For further information, the Full Cost of Services Study may be viewed here.
On September 24, 2013, the Council accepted the Study and initiated a 45-day public review period for potential increases to Community Development Department Fees. The Council directed that a public hearing be scheduled for November 5, 2013.
A public meeting on the subject was held on October 16, 2013. A second public meeting will be held on October 22, 2013.
The purpose of the October 22, 2013 public meeting is to review potential fee alternatives.