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File #: 19-2312    Version: 2 Name: SB2 Planning Grants
Type: Resolution Status: Administrative
File created: 9/24/2019 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 10/1/2019 Final action:
Title: Consider Adoption of Resolution Number 19-3585 Authorizing Application for, and Receipt of, SB2 Planning Grants Program Funds.
Attachments: 1. Resolution, 2. NOFA, 3. Application
Yountville Town Council Staff Report


DATE: October 1, 2019

TO: Mayor and Town Council

FROM: Sandra Liston, Planning & Building Director Daniel Gordon, Sr. Management Analyst

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Consider Adoption of Resolution Number 19-3585 Authorizing Application for, and Receipt of, SB2 Planning Grants Program Funds.
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DISCUSSION/BACKGROUND
In 2017, Governor Brown signed a 15-bill housing package aimed at addressing the state's housing shortage and high costs. Among these bills was SB 2, the Building Homes and Jobs Act, which provides funding and technical assistance to all local governments in California to help cities and counties prepare, adopt, and implement plans and process improvements that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.

SB 2 provides non-competitive grant funds that vary by the size of the municipality. Yountville falls in the "Small City" category, meaning it is eligible to receive a grant in the amount of $160,000. These funds must be used on projects that demonstrate a nexus to accelerating housing production. Eligible activities that qualify under this definition include:
* Updates to general plans, community plans, specific plans, local planning related to implementation of sustainable communities strategies, or local coastal plans.
* Updates to zoning ordinances.
* Environmental analyses that eliminate the need for project-specific review.
* Local process improvements that expedite local planning and permitting.

Many eligible activities, like rezoning to permit housing by-right and creating Objective Design and Development Standards, are not appropriate for the size and nature of development in Yountville. Additionally, affordable housing development in Yountville is not stymied by a bottleneck in the development process, like it is in larger cities. Rather, Yountville's supply of affordable housing is constrained by the availability of appropriate sites. To ...

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