On November 8, 2016 voters will consider Meausre R as follows:
Through extensive public outreach over 24 months and 30 community meetings and workshops, the community has repeatedly requested a greater variety of housing options affordable to working families in Healdsburg.
To help address these issues, on July 18th the Healdsburg City Council voted to place the “Healdsburg Housing Measure” on our November 2016 ballot. The Healdsburg Housing Measure seeks to update our current Growth Management Ordinance to provide a greater variety of housing affordable to middle-income and working families.
In 2000 residents adopted a Growth Management Ordinance (GMO). However, over the past sixteen years the cost of housing has significantly increased and the local workforce has grown, pricing many people out of being able to live here.
If adopted, the Healdsburg Housing Measure, in conjunction with other actions of the City Council, would revise the City's ordinances and regulations to provide housing that meets needs by:
Requiring a specified number of new housing units be affordable to middle-income and working families;
Revising the number of housing units available to align with the City’s housing needs; and
Requiring the City to regularly evaluate the community’s housing needs and revise its approach to addressing those needs.
Council also adopted a Housing Action Plan to promote a greater variety of housing options affordable to Healdsburg residents at all income levels and voted to place an increase to the Transient Occupancy Tax (Hotel Tax or TOT) on the November ballot to help fund affordable housing construction, programs and services in the City of Healdsburg. To find out more about the Housing Action Plan visit: http://www.ci.healdsburg.ca.us/704/Housing-Action-Plan to find out more about the Hotel Tax visit: Information about the Hotel Tax or view the Resolution here.
If you have any specific questions, please don’t hesitate to call 707-431-3317.