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MINUTES 2018/03/27 (STUDY SESSION)CITY COUNCIL: Mayor Curtis W. Morris Mayor Pro Tem Denis Bertone Councilmember Emmett Badar Councilmember John Ebiner (arrived at 6:47 p.m.) Councilmember Ryan A. Vienna STAFF: City Manager Blaine Michaelis Assistant City Manager Ken Duran Assistant City Manager Community Development Larry Stevens Director of Parks and Recreation Theresa Bruns Director of Public Works Krishna Patel City Attorney Mark Steres Mayor Morris called the Special City Council Meeting to order at 5:30 p.m. No comments. OVERVIEW AND DISCUSSION REGARDING HOUSING LEGISLATION AND FUTURE HOUSING STRATEGIES Mr. Stevens provided a power point presentation on various housing related matters. Mr. Stevens discussed the requirements for the City's Housing Element and the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process. He added that the City will begin working on the next Housing Element update in 2019. Mr. Stevens reviewed state legislation that was adopted in 2017 that impacts local authority on housing matters. He also reviewed pending state legislation that would have further impacts on local authority related to housing. Mr. Stevens presented some potential housing strategies moving forward. One strategy was in regards to rezoning properties for increased density. He asked if the City should maintain its existing zoning policy to evaluate project applications for increased density on a case by case basis or should we strategically identify areas in the city where increased density may be appropriate. Councilmember Vienna commented that he is inclined to stay with the current Study session minutes March 27, 2018 Page 2 practice which allows for more local control. Mayor Morris and Mayor Pro Tern Berton concurred with staying with the current policy. Mr. Stevens asked if the City should continue to make year to year adjustments to its accessory dwelling unit ordinance in response to State law changes or consider a complete revision to the ordinance to accommodate or encourage more units. After some discussion the consensus of the Council was to stay with the current policy and maintain as strict an ordinance that is allowable by State law. Mr. Stevens discussed the residential site inventory and the identified default density areas and some of the issues the city will face with the next housing element update. Mr. Stevens reviewed some of the existing and potential programs to address some deteriorating housing conditions including the rehab programs. He mentioned that the low income covenants at the Sunnyside apartment complex may be expiring soon. He also mentioned that the Mobile Home Accord expires in 2020. (Councilmember Ebiner arrived) Mr. Stevens asked if the City should consider an inclusionary requirement to allow increased density if a project includes income restricted units. The consensus of the Council was to not consider an inclusionary requirement unless it becomes a requirement of State legislation. Mr. Stevens asked if the City should explore Housing Sustainability Districts of Housing Opportunity Zones. The consensus of the Council was that it is not a priority at this time. Mr. Stevens reviewed pending Senate bill SB 827 which would exempt certain housing projects from locally developed and height limitations, densities, parking requirements, and design review standards. He added that if adopted it would dramatically reduce the City's discretion on many housing projects and suggested that the City Council take a position to oppose the bill. Councilmember Badar made a motion for the City to submit a letter of opposition to SB 828. The motion was seconded by Councilmember Vienna and passed unanimously. The Study Session adjourned at 6:53 p.m. r kin— Duran, OyV41erk Curtis W. Morris, Mayor