Inclusionary Housing Study and Ordinance Development
Project Contact: Mike Madrid | PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 505-6677
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The County of San Diego Planning & Development Services Department (PDS) is conducting an Inclusionary Housing Study and Ordinance Development. The purpose of this project is to assess feasible options for requiring housing projects to provide affordable housing, and develop an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that addresses the County’s housing needs. The overall goal is to expand the supply of affordable housing for households of lower- and moderate-income.
The scope of the project includes a study to evaluate best practices research and an economic analysis to evaluate factors specific to the unincorporated County’s housing market. Study findings will inform the development of program options and help shape recommendations for the Board of Supervisors’ (Board) consideration.
The Housing Study and Ordinance Development project includes two phases. Phase I, which was completed and presented to the Board on February 10, 2021 (4), focused on the preparation of an economic analysis for an inclusionary housing program criteria that would be applicable to housing projects seeking a General Plan Amendment (GPA).
Phase II is currently underway, and includes the update of the economic analysis previously presented to the Board and the development of a Draft Ordinance and Menu of Program Criteria applicable to non-GPA housing projects, as well as Menu of Program Criteria specifically tailored to GPA projects.
The Draft Inclusionary Housing Ordinance (Draft Ordinance) was made available for public review for a 45-day period from January 20, 2023, until March 7, 2023. Please note that the Draft Ordinance includes programmatic options (language in blue) which may be directed by the Board of Supervisors. A Public Input Guide was developed to help you understand how you can provide your comments on these areas. Below please find the materials:
- Inclusionary Housing Draft Ordinance and Guide for
Public Input (here). This document shows the Draft
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. This is a completely new ordinance
that is being added to the Zoning Ordinance under Title 6341. The
Draft Ordinance also proposed to amend Sections 1100 and 7430 of the
Zoning Ordinance. The Public Input Guide provides an overview of the
programmatic options that may be directed by the Board of
Supervisors as part of the adoption of the Inclusionary Housing
Ordinance. The goal of this document is to help you provide input on
these programmatic options.
- State law requires that an
Inclusionary Housing Ordinance include an alternative compliance
option for projects that cannot include the affordable housing
units on site. The Draft Ordinance provides options for where
certain types of alternative compliance methods would apply,
including land donation, off-site development, and
rehabilitation of units. Location criteria maps (here).
- State law requires that an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance include an alternative compliance option for projects that cannot include the affordable housing units on site. The Draft Ordinance provides options for where certain types of alternative compliance methods would apply, including land donation, off-site development, and rehabilitation of units. Location criteria maps (here).
- Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, Economic Analysis (here). This is the full economic analysis that was prepared to evaluate feasible options for requiring new development to provide affordable housing.
- Environmental Documentation (here). An Addendum pursuant to CEQA Guidelines Section 15164 was prepared for this project.
If you have any questions related to any of this information provided in the document or would like to provide comments, please reach out to Mike Madrid at PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov, or Phone: (858) 505-6677. You may also request to schedule a meeting with county staff to further discuss the materials available for public review.
The success of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance requires extensive community input and engagement. There will be multiple opportunities to participate throughout the process. Please see below for information related to our previous and future outreach events.
Public Outreach (Phase II)
Planning Commission Workshop - March 24, 2023:
Staff held a workshop with the Planning Commission to discuss the Draft Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Criteria Options. This meeting provided an opportunity for the Planning Commission and the public to review and give additional input on the program components, including items such as the proportion and affordability level of the required affordable units, as well as alternative compliance options such as in-lieu fees, land donations, and allowing offsite affordable housing development. The input received will be used to refine the Draft Ordinance and Criteria options which will be presented to the Planning Commission and Board at a future hearing. For additional information, please visit the website below: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/content/sdc/pds/PC/sop/PCHearing_stream.html
Public Meeting: March 1, 2023
PDS hosted a public workshop open to all members of the public to review the draft ordinance and criteria options and to receive additional public feedback. Staff took polls on individual parts of the proposed ordinance and answered questions from members of the public. A video recording of the meeting can be found below.
Public Meeting: June 29, 2022
In June 2022, the County hosted a Public Meeting via webinar to
discuss Phase II of the Inclusionary Housing Program. This webinar
covered the project’s background and objectives and provided an
interactive forum to collect input on options to provide affordable
Please watch the webinar recordings associated with Phase II below and send us your comments!
To review the PowerPoint Presentation, please click here.
Staff prepared a Q&A document that provides answers and clarifications to questions received during the webinar. To review the document, please click here.
The County will continue to receive input on the Inclusionary
Housing Program potential program options during Phase II. Please subscribe to receive updates on the project and
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Public Outreach (Phase I)
In December 2020, the County hosted two webinars to discuss the Phase I. The webinars provided an interactive forum to answer questions and collect public input on potential program options. The County will continue to receive input on potential program options during Phase II.
Please watch the webinar recordings associated with Phase I below:
Public Meeting: December 7th, 2020
Public Meeting: December 9th, 2020
Project Background & Board Direction
With rising housing costs and
increasing numbers of San Diegans spending more than thirty percent
of their income on housing, in 2018, the Board directed staff to
investigate options to further promote the expedient building of
homes in the unincorporated area. On October 10, 2018 (2), the Board directed staff
to prepare an economic analysis and criteria and return to the Board
for consideration for a GPA Affordable Housing Program and a GPA
On February 10, 2021 (4), staff presented the results of the economic analysis (Phase I). During this meeting, the Board directed staff to staff to develop an Inclusionary Ordinance with predetermined set-aside applicable to all housing projects of all sizes above a minimum threshold. On August 31, 2021 (7), the Board added to this direction and requested that staff also evaluate and identify options to for the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance to capture value tied to significant upzonings as a part of GPAs.
Please see below for documents associated with the above-mentioned Board directions:
Housing Affordability Strategy Board Hearing – October 10, 2018 (2):
- Board Letter
- Minute Order
- Report on Options to Improve Housing Affordability in the Unincorporated Area (Report)
Inclusionary Housing Study Phase I – February 10, 2021 (4):
Transformative Housing Solutions that Advance Equity, Sustainability, and Affordability for all – August 31, 2021 (7):
If you have questions or would like to submit comments, please contact Mike Madrid at PDS.LongRangePlanning@sdcounty.ca.gov | (858) 505-6677