Moderate, low income-housing needs ignored by Elk Grove as 43 possible sites identified for future high-density housing

Last week the City of Elk Grove released its state-required draft housing element plan that, among other things, identifies sites for high-density housing for moderate and low-income groups.

As an introduction to the plan, the city's website noted, "The evidence of a housing crisis is stark: California’s median home price of over $600,000 is the highest of any state in the nation, a significant number of renters pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing, and the number of homeless on the streets in our region has risen significantly in the last few years."

As part of the plan to alleviate the housing shortage for moderate and lower-income families, the city staff has identified 43 possible sites within the city to accommodate this need. As noted in a city-produced video narrated by Sarah Bontrager, the city's housing manager, in 2019, housing construction focused on high-income groups. 

"In 2019, of the 1,107 homes constructed in the city [of Elk Grove], over 90-percent were marketed to high-income households leaving less than 10-percent available to lower-income households," Bontrager said. 

Between 2013 and 2021, Elk Gove built an abundance of units for higher-income groups but did not address moderate and lower-income families. By state law, the cities must address housing needs every eight years. 

As part of the state allocation of housing as directed by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments (SACOG), Elk Grove's allocation over the next eight years is posted below.

To meet help this requirement, the city is soliciting input on sites in the city that could be rezoned to accommodate the needs. An online seminar will be held on March 3 and the public can submit comments here. 

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D.J. Blutarsky said...

Once again the NIMBYs (Not In My Backyard) will come out of hibernation to be sure that THOSE kind of people are not going to move in near their neighborhoods. When it comes to Low-Moderate housing, the NIMBYs will cry "OITBY"--Over in Their Backyard!

When it comes to providing Low-Moderate income housing sites in the city, even the Councilmembers have been keeping score. They are keeping count and I call that "NIMD"--Not In My District!

With the recent election of Districts 1 and 3 Council representatives plus a new Mayor, it will be interesting to see how they respond to calls for more equal and affordable housing opportunities in the city. And let's not forget about the big-time developers who want to build the highest profit margin big box homes they can, and want to be sure none of THOSE low income people move near their new housing tracts!

Sadly, this will be entertaining to watch...

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