Requests For Additional Affordable, High-Density Single Family Housing Units Near Proposed Elk Grove Casino Sought

December 4, 2017 |  

If two developers rezone requests gain approval, Elk Grove will permit additional affordable housing units in previously approved subdivisions in the city's Laguna Ridge planning area.

On Thursday, December 7, the Elk Grove Planning Commission will review rezone requests from two subdivision developers to add higher density housing units to their developments. Each of the developers is seeking to add so-called RD-7 lots, or seven houses per acre, from the current inventory of RD-4 and RD-5 parcels.

Housing units built on RD-7 are smaller and take less space, and are considered high-density single-family dwelling units. Because of this, the dwellings are often regarded as affordable housing.

The rezone applications are from Treasure Homes II,  and the Tuscan Ridge South II subdivision. In each of the requests, applicants are adding RD- 7 housing units instead of RD-5's and RD-4's.

For the Treasure Home II project, the applicant seeks to add 17 affordable housing units on 2.8-acres in the 56.1-acre subdivision. It will increase the size of a flood retention basin and eliminate 5.6-acres of RD-5 housing, or about 25 dwellings.

In the Tuscan Ridge South II area, developers hope to eliminate 24.5-acres of RD-4 housing and use 20.7 acres for RD-5 and 7.1-acres for RD-7. The balance of the land in the 39.8-acre subdivision will be used for parks, roads and infrastructure needs. 

Although the two subdivisions will add affordable inventory close to the proposed Wilton Rancheria Casino and its 2,000 anticipated jobs, it does not count towards the city's obligations for workforce housing. As noted in the staff report for both projects, "The area was not recognized as a site needed to meet the City’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation for lower income housing, therefore, the change in land use will not reduce the City’s ability to provide moderate to above-moderate housing."  

Thursday's planning commission will be held in the city council chambers at Elk Grove City Hall and starts at 6 p.m.

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