Housing

This is a market-rate, condo project with only the required 15% affordable units (6 units). The Project is incompatible with five of the seven Housing Element goals.

GOAL 1: An adequate diversity in housing types and affordability levels to accommodate present and future housing needs of Santa Cruz residents. (This goal is implemented by policies supporting development along the corridors within the compact urban core.)

The proposed project is outside the “Central Core” It is not on a public transportation line. It is situated at the edge of the county on a rural dead-end road where there are no parks, grocery stores, bus lines, or schools. It will exacerbate the traffic crisis with little benefit to the housing crisis.

GOAL 2: Increased and protected supply of housing affordable to extremely low, very low, low, and moderate income households.

This is a market rate development. The median price of condominiums in Santa Cruz is $575,000 which is out of reach for many families. It’s likely that these new condos would go for a much higher price since they would be new.

GOAL 3: Accessible housing and appropriate supportive services that provide equal housing opportunities for special needs populations.

The project does not meet or address this goal.

GOAL 4: Increased opportunities for low and moderate income residents to rent or purchase homes.

This project includes the recordation of a map which means these units can be sold as condominiums. Once the map is recorded, there is no guarantee that these units will be rentals. Low income households will not be able to purchase these homes (except the 6 affordable units). It’s likely that the condos will be listed for more than the median price and will therefore be difficult for even moderate income residents to afford.

GOAL 6: Fulfill the City’s housing needs while promoting an environmentally sustainable, compact community with clearly defined urban boundaries.

This would be a car-based development at the urban edge. No accommodation has been made for a bicycle lane. It appears that the proposed traffic improvements will compromise the existing bike lane on Graham Hill. The project, based on project plans and the project description, has not proposed any aspect that is sustainable. No solar panels, community gardening, bicycle improvements, LEED certification or any other benefit is proposed. The traffic study calculates a minimum of 266 trips per day into a deficient and dangerous intersection.

“Concentrate housing in the Central Core, along major commercial corridors, and on major opportunity sites consistent with the Land Use Element.” (Housing Element, Policy 1.2)

Project site is NOT a part of the corridor plan. Corridors shown below: Mission, Soquel, Water and Ocean St.

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Source: June 25, 2015 Planning Commission Presentation, santacruzcorridors.com