The “Building Homes and Jobs Act” is the first permanent source of state funding dedicated to helping local governments increase housing production.
ABAG members can apply for a grant on a range of activities related to streamlining and accelerating housing production. ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission assist in the development of ideas and coordinate partnerships to pool SB2 resources.
Once you review and you’d like to apply for a grant, please contact us for more information (contact info below).
ABAG and MTC encourage jurisdictions to pool their SB2 resources for joint projects of regional importance.
During our engagement with planning directors and staff across the Bay Area, we have identified three key activities that local governments could pursue:
a. Housing Element Pre-work and Analysis: Recent legislation increased scrutiny of Housing Element sites and introduced limits on whether sites can be carried over from one RHNA cycle to the next to meet lower-income need.
With only 7% of sites from the previous RHNA cycle available for reuse in the upcoming RHNA with no changes, local jurisdictions will need to identify new sites and/or re-zone previously used sites for by-right development at default densities to meet the needs identified in the upcoming RHNA cycle.
Jurisdictions are encouraged to use SB2 funds to identify and re-zone sites to allow multi-family housing by-right and facilitate meeting future housing element requirements.
b. Implementation of ADU Calculator: A tailored ADU calculator is a good example of a low-cost, high-impact SB2 project if enough jurisdictions agree to pitch in and share the cost of developing the tool.
ABAG and MTC staff have experience deploying countywide ADU calculators and are ready to assist similar collaborative efforts.
c. Objective Design Standards: Cities have struggled to implement objective standards for new development standards; and design standards have been especially challenging. The ABAG/MTC staff is eager to help cities and counties develop form-based code design guidelines that can be shared with other jurisdictions--and customized to a particular neighborhood or housing type.
Please contact us for more information. We’re here to help.
HCD Fellow for ABAG/MTC