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HOUSING STRATEGY

The State of California is in the midst of an unprecedented housing crisis. Communities like Santa Cruz, which attract people both for its natural beauty as well as its proximity to high-wage employment areas, are being particularly hard hit.

The City of Santa Cruz is looking at new ways we can address the diverse housing needs of our community. As we move into the future smart growth is needed to address the diverse housing needs of our community. By working together, we can develop housing solutions that support the quality of life and environmental integrity of our unique town. While we will never be able to house every person who desires to live in Santa Cruz, we can and will find ways to ease the burden of finding affordable and reliable housing.  

The Santa Cruz City Council wants to hear your thoughts on the housing crisis. There are several ways to share your ideas and suggestions; please check back frequently for an update on opportunities  to join the conversation. 

Where Are We Now

 

  • Seeking Community Input and Community Ideas to Solve Crisis
  • Input will help develop a Housing Strategy
  • Housing News 
  • Data

Where Are We Going and How You Get Involved

 

 Schedule of Events

Part of engagement is the communities involvement in the following schedule of events. More detailed event information will be provided as it is ready including specific topic information. 


 Date:                                               Topic  Time/Location    What we heard:                                      
 July 26, 2017 Introduction to Housing   Engagement Plan  7pm/Civic Auditorium  Rent Control, Minimum Affordable  Housing Percentage
 August 16, 2017  Citizen Jane Screening and Panel Discussion   5:30pm/Food Lounge 1001 Center Street #1  
September 9, 2017 Community Kickoff Event  TBD/MAH  
 October 4, 2017 Housing Engagement       Brown Bag Lunch  Courtyard Conference Rm,  809 Center Street  
 October 11, 2017 Housing Engagement       Brown Bag Lunch  Courtyard Conference Rm,  809 Center Street  
 October 18, 2017 Housing Engagement        Brown Bag Lunch

 Courtyard Conference Rm,  809 Center Street

 
 October 25, 2017 Housing Engagement        Brown Bag Lunch  Courtyard Conference Rm,  809 Center Street  
 November 1, 2017 Housing Engagement        Brown Bag Lunch  Courtyard Conference Rm,  809 Center Street  
 November 8, 2017 Housing Engagement        Brown Bag Lunch  Courtyard Conference Rm, 809 Center Street  

 Housing Related Resources


General Plan

The General Plan can be thought of as the Constitution for a city. It is a comprehensive, long range document that defines the City’s philosophy and policies on growth and preservation, highlights what is important to the community, and prescribes where different types of future development can and should go. Having an adopted General Plan is a state requirement, and the City of Santa Cruz adopted our General Plan 2030 in 2012.

Housing Element

The Housing Element is one of the required elements of a General Plan. It sets the City’s housing policies and programs and makes sure that the City has enough land zoned to accommodate our “fair share” of the  regional housing. A key piece to understand here is that it is not a direct role of the City to construct           housing, rather the City’s role is to make sure that our programs and policies allow for our fair share of       housing to be constructed.  The Housing Element is required to be updated every 8 years, and the City of   Santa Cruz adopted our current 2015-2023 Housing Element in 2016.

Various Housing Programs

There are various housing programs, resources, and types of assistance available for city residents. Are     you a homeowner, renter, or in need of housing? See what assistance might be available to you by visiting  the Economic Development Department’s Housing Division page. For stories relating to housing in Santa Cruz, and to learn about our projects and programs visit Choose Santa Cruz – Housing

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