An LA Developer’s Ideas on Affordable Housing

In our ongoing efforts to accelerate local housing solutions, the Mountain Housing Council of Tahoe Truckee studies what other communities are doing and what other experts are saying.

Multiple sources have sent us an editorial by Housing for LA titled 25 Solutions From A Builder’s Perspective To Fix The California Housing Crisis. It’s a good read for anybody interested in achievable housing issues. While a large urban area like Los Angeles is different than our rural region, we picked out a few items on their list that connect with our challenges and our potential solutions.


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2) “Stop Killing Housing By Delaying Approvals” – One of the policy areas Mountain Housing Council is working on is shortening or streamlining the approval process for achievable housing projects. Click here to see what the Innovative Policy Team is working on.

3) “Create New Zones For Missing Middle Housing” – Zoning changes is one possible outcome of the unanimously-adopted expanded definition of local achievable housing passed by the Council January 2018. For those that don’t know, the missing middle is those who make too much to qualify for state and federally funded affordable housing (up to 120 percent of the median income), but too little to afford market rate housing (in Tahoe-Truckee area, around 195 percent of median income).

5) “We Must Woo The Publicly Traded Homebuidlers Back to California” – While that’s more of a state-sized problem, locally there’s been discussion of builders who’ve picked up stakes and followed the booming growth occurring in the Reno area, just across the state line.

10) “Be Very Careful Adding New Fees to Developments That Create New Housing” – Fees are an area Mountain Housing Council tiger teams and consultants are reviewing very closely. The Town of Truckee recently passed an update to impact fees – making them on a per square foot basis rather than per unit basis – with the idea of reducing obstacles to smaller, more affordable units.

12) “Incentivize and Remove Planning Approvals for as much Affordable Housing As Possible” – Like number two, this goes back to the work of the Policy Tiger Team, working on ways to streamline approval processes.

19) “Digitize and Open Source Zoning Information for all Property in California” – Another state-sized project, but the Mapping Tiger Team is working to identify land that could be used for achievable housing throughout the region. The team is looking at public and private land, planning a tour with developers and real estate professionals to assess the different parcels.

To see the entire list of 25 ideas, go to the article on urbanize.la by clicking  here.

Important Housing Topics Go Before Truckee, Placer January 9

Four items go before the Placer County Board of Supervisors and Truckee Town Council related to achievable housing. These meetings are an opportunity for public comment and input. 

Placer County Board of Supervisors Jan 9th Meeting: Summary of Housing Agenda Topic

Placer County’s Board of Supervisors will decide January 9 on a memorandum of understanding regarding funding for Meadow View Place, a 56-unit affordable housing project as part of the Schaffer’s Mill Subdivision.

Project developer Neighborhood Partners LLC is applying for approximately $16 million from the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, which is State Cap and Trade funding used to support infill development and encourage public and non-motorized transportation usage with the goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

In order for the development to meet grant requirements, the Placer County Board of Supervisors is considering a memorandum of understanding which would include expansion of sustainable transportation infrastructure, including the purchase of electric transit vehicles, infrastructure, bike trail development and increasing bus services from every hour to 30 minute runs.

Placer County’s Board of Supervisors will discuss this at their January 9 meeting which starts at 9 a.m. at the County Administrative Center in Auburn. Those who are interested in listening and commenting can attend remotely from the Placer County Tahoe City Administrative Center, 775 N. Lake Blvd.

Can’t make the meeting but want to submit a comment?

Deadline to submit written comment: Monday, Jan 8 by noon
Send to Board Clerk: Megan Wood. mwood@placer.ca.gov

Click here to view the materials that will go before the Board of Supervisors.

About the Project

Meadow View Place, formerly known as Schaffer’s Mill Affordable Housing, will include 14 one-bedroom, 28 two-bedroom and 14 three-bedroom units.

Each building will have solar panels to achieve a zero-net-energy usage level.

Target resident population is individuals and families that are employed in local industries.

The development is located 1/2 mile southwest of the intersection of Highway 267 and Schaffer Mill Road.

Other proposed funding sources include tax-exempt mortgage revenue bonds and 4 percent federal low income housing tax credits.

Town of Truckee Jan 9th Council Meeting: Summary of Housing Agenda Items

Truckee Town Council will also consider a memorandum of understanding with Neighborhood Partners LLC on the Meadow View Place development described above, along with a moderate income project at Gray’s Crossing and a new fee structure.

First, Town Council will consider a memorandum of understanding similar to that described above with Placer County, to include transit center and other transportation related improvements for the Meadow View Place grant application.

Second, Town Council will consider a minor zoning change to an 89-lot moderate income project at Gray’s Crossing.

Third, Town Council will consider an update and restructuring of traffic impact and facilities fees charged to new development by the Town. It proposes to change the fees to a square footage basis, rather than a per-unit basis.

Truckee Town Council will meet January 9 at 6 p.m. at Truckee Town Hall. Those who cannot attend can send comments to JPrice@townoftruckee.com. To see the agenda and council packet, click here.