JUNE 21, 2019
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HOUSING EMERGENCY RESPONSE KIT
Over the last two months, BIA-LAV has introduced you to our Housing Emergency Response Kit (HERK). We have covered eight policy topics that need attention during today's Housing Emergency. These policy solutions include the following policy topics; The Missing Middle , Make Affordable Housing Projects Affordable , Inclusionary Zoning , Promote Utility Partnerships for Housing , Encourage Creative Housing Opportunities , Climate Change and Housing , Rent Control , and CEQA Relief for Housin g . We have distilled each of these topics into quick one-page reads that explain the issue and various solutions to employ during a Housing Emergency.
Emergencies require immediate action, tailored to the impending loss – in this case, a severe lack of housing. What policies can the State, local governments, builders and the public most immediately implement on a short-term emergency basis, while still considering, debating and working through more long-term solutions? With that rationale in mind, BIA-LAV put together HERK – think Herculean. Not all of the HERK housing solutions are new, but the way we think of them should be.

Click here for the HERK web page.
HOUSING SPOTLIGHT: COMING SOON!
Lennar Homes has bought a 4.9-acre parcel in Arcadia, CA where it plans to build a mixed-use community with housing, live/work lofts and new retail tenants. The mixed-use project will include 80 housing units, with 12 two-story detached condominiums , 44 three-story attached  townhomes , 21 two-story attached townhomes and three three-story live/work attached townhomes. 

This project is a true testament of the positive things that can happen when cities and home builders work together. Lisa Flores, a planning and community development administration with the city, said Arcadia welcomes the project. “This was an underperforming shopping center,” she said. “With the  housing  crisis we have in California, every city is trying meet its regional housing needs. This project is consistent with our general plan and consistent with our vision to revitalize the area.” The development — located less than 3 miles from the Arcadia Metro Gold Line station — also will include open space with a shade structure, seating, an open lawn, barbecue counter and a fireplace. Learn more here .
ADVOCACY IN ACTION
UPDATE: LA COUNTY IZ POLICY DRAFT
Last Friday, the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning (DRP) shared their updated Inclusionary Housing/Zoning (IZ) Policy Paper Draft, which will be used to shape an eventual ordinance. Staff will be walking stakeholders through the Draft proposal and gathering further input at a yet-to-be-determined date. Currently, the County's IZ Study consultants are working on information to update the submarket data to calculate feasibility more accurately. BIA-LAV has been following this issue very closely and working with County staff to represent the interests of our membership. If you would like to attend Inclusionary Housing Ordinance stakeholder meetings, please contact Director of Government Affairs, Diana Coronado
 
DOCUMENTS & LINKS
 
LONG BEACH IZ FEASIBILITY STUDY
Long Beach City (LBC) Development Services will be hosting a community workshop to learn about the recently completed inclusionary zoning feasibility study; the study has not yet been shared with the public. BIA-LAV will be in attendance and will review and distribute the study upon receipt. Additionally, BIA-LAV will be hosting a Roundtable with the LBC Planning Director next month; details to come. BIA-LAV has been at the forefront of this discussion, advocating for our members. To join our Long Beach Inclusionary Zoning Interest Group, email Diana Coronado   here
WORKSHOP INFORMATION

WHEN:  Saturday, June 29th
WHERE:  Roosevelt Elementary School Auditorium
(1574 Linden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813)
TIME:  10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
LA CITY COMMITTEE INSTRUCTS STAFF TO PREPARE AFFORDABLE HOUSING RECOMMENDATIONS
We reported last month that the LA City Council has instructed the Housing and Community Investment Department and Department of City Planning to “report with recommendations on policy and programmatic strategies to promote the fair share equitable distribution of affordable housing on a Citywide basis, with incentives and mandates including but not limited to inclusionary housing requirements with alternative compliance options.” BIA-LAV began immediately making rounds to Council offices educating on the detrimental effects of IZ to the market. At this week’s PLUM hearing, BIA-LAV Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel, testified against the motion, offering a solution of a voluntary, incentive-based program. Fortunately, in a motion by Councilmember Marqueece Harris-Dawson, the language of the motion has been changed .
ENVIRONMENTAL STUDY ADVANCES ON MAJOR METRO PROJECT IN THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY
Senior Director of Government Affairs, Christine Rangel, was on hand to testify in favor of Metro’s North San Fernando Valley (SFV) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) Project this week before Metro’s Planning and Programming Committee. The project, funded by voter-approved Measure M monies that BIA-LAV advocated for in 2016, will provide vital transportation options for east-west transit services to link key activity centers. Many angry members of the community who reject change testified against the project, and so the Committee moved it forward “without action”; the item will be considered at Metro Board’s June 27th meeting.  
NEWSWORTHY
BUILDING INDUSTRY NEWS
Sen. Wiener uses ‘gut and amend’ maneuver to introduce legislation to help move housing projects along; SB50 is still on hold ( Daily Post )


 $1 billion for 20,000 Bay Area homes
( Google News )

Why Housing Policy Feels Like Generational Warfare ( The Atlantic )

Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot

Portland urban economist on inclusionary zoning: "It's kind of a slow motion disaster" ( Pittsburgh Business Times )
BIA-LAV IN THE NEWS

Long Beach May Consider 15% Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance
"A more recent analysis in 2016 by Capitol Matrix Consulting, a Sacramento-based economic and policy consultancy, estimated that a 15% inclusionary zoning requirement applied to all new housing built in California would result in a $67,000 increase to the price of remaining market-rate units.

“Most of the studies will show that there is an overall decrease in the overall housing production,” said Piasky, who believes any inclusionary zoning program should be voluntary and incentive based."
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