City to Host Workshops on Housing-Policy Issues

The city will hold a series of workshops in September on proposed housing-policy initiatives, City Manager Stephanie DeWolfe said this week.

Owners of multi-unit properties, homeowners, tenants and all interested residents are invited to participate, the city said in a news release.

The workshops will cover three different housing-related topics under consideration for policy changes: tenant protections; accessory dwelling units (ADUs); and inclusionary (or affordable) housing policies.

John Pope, the city’s public-information officer, said that rent control, which is not in place in the city, “would not be part of the discussion.”

DeWolfe, meanwhile, said, “We encourage all stakeholders to attend one or more of the workshops. It’s a chance to learn more about these issues and offer feedback that will be considered as these policies are developed.”

The topics/dates/location are:

• Tenant Protections: Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
This workshop will address two proposed tenant protection measures: relocation fees for displaced renters and a rental-property inspection program.

• Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs): Tuesday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.  This workshop will address potential changes to the municipal code regarding accessory dwelling units, also known as “granny flats,” including the minimum lot sizes needed for ADUs, parking requirements and more.

• Inclusionary Housing: Tuesday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m. in the Library Community Room.
The topic of the final workshop in the series will be inclusionary housing, including affordable housing requirements for developers.

The Library Community Room is located at 1115 El Centro St.