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File #: WS 22-004   
Section: Work Session Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: City Council
Agenda Date: 2/1/2022 Final action:
Subject: Joint Work Session: Density Bonus Ordinance Update and Residential Objective Standards Project RECOMMENDATION
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Density Bonus Staff Report, 2. Attachment II Objective Standards Staff Report, 3. Attachment III Recent Housing and Land Use Legislation, 4. Attachment IV Mintier Harnish Scope of Work
DATE: February 1, 2022

TO: Mayor and City Council
Planning Commission

FROM: Assistant City Manager/Development Services Director

SUBJECT

Title
Joint Work Session: Density Bonus Ordinance Update and Residential Objective Standards Project

RECOMMENDATION

Recommendation
That the Council and Planning Commission provide feedback and guidance on the Density Bonus Ordinance Update and the Residential Objective Standards Project.

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SUMMARY

City staff is moving forward with two key housing projects in light of an evolving State legislative landscape. These key projects, which are included in the City's Strategic Roadmap and Incentives for Housing Production Plan, include the update to the City's Density Bonus Ordinance and the Residential Objective Standards Project. These planning efforts will align Hayward's goals and expectations for future development with the State's goal to address the housing crisis.

Following adoption of the City's Density Bonus Ordinance in 2005, the State of California has made significant and numerous changes to density bonus law to incentivize affordable housing and help increase housing production. In order to comply with these changes, the City must repeal and replace its existing density bonus ordinance. Additionally, to improve housing stability for Hayward residents, the Council has adopted work plans and projects as part of the Strategic Roadmap that intend to preserve, protect, and produce housing. Updating the City's Density Bonus Ordinance is one of those priority projects identified in the Strategic Roadmap.

Another key project is the development of Residential Objective Standards for residential and mixed-use development to give the community, developers, staff, and decision makers more certainty about what future development will look like as the City moves forward with these streamlined processes. Additionally, this project will further address concerns previou...

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