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WHAT WE DOPetaluma’s affordable housing program has built or improved 1,336 housing units for low income families. This equates to 22% of all the housing units built in Petaluma over the past 15 years. The housing program also manages the City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The CDBG is a grant program that provides funds to the City to pay for projects and programs that help low income households. The City works with local nonprofit partners to create and manage the local housing projects and programs.The Housing Program collects fees from new development to fund the cost to make housing affordable. One fee program, called the Commercial Linkage Fee, collects money from commercial development. The other program, called the In-Lieu Fee, collects fees from housing development.
Twice a year, the City of Petaluma conducts a vacancy survey to measure the number of rental vacancies in properties with 30 or more units. These numbers are then compared to the county-wide statistics and used as a measure for future housing needs assessment.
Planning for the Future
The population of California (like the rest of the world) is growing. In order to ensure there is enough housing for everyone to live affordably, the State of California determines projected population numbers then estimates how many housing units must be created to meet future housing demand.
The State then calls upon cities to help, allocating each city a number of housing units they must create to support the growing population (this is known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation - RHNA, pronounced “Ree-na” for short).
The State is currently in the process of finalizing the 2023-2031 RHNA, the number of housing units that will be allotted to us here in Petaluma for these years.
Below is a list of upcoming major milestones in the RHNA process:
- Late Spring 2021: ABAG (Association of Bay Area Governments) will adopt a Final RHNA Methodology and release Draft Allocations.
- Summer and Fall 2021: Release of the Draft Allocations kicks off the period in which a local jurisdiction or HCD can submit an appeal to ABAG requesting a change to any Bay Area jurisdiction’s allocation. Requirements for the appeals process are outlined in Government Code Section 65584.05 and ABAG will be releasing more detailed guidance in early summer.
- Late 2021: The ABAG Executive Board will adopt Final Allocations, taking into consideration the results of the appeals process. This final adoption will also include a public hearing.
- January 2023: Housing Element updates are due to HCD (California Department of Housing & Community Development).
CLICK HERE for more information on the RHNA process. A timeline is outlined on page 7.