Meeting this evening at community center is intended to help Sanger comply with state housing goals

In his first budget speech Gov. Gavin Newsom said,

“Transportation is housing and housing is transportation.”

Then he said he would withdraw gas tax money meant for roads from cities if they don’t meet housing targets that are set by the state but were seldom enforced under his predecessor Jerry Brown.

The loss of that road money would mean cities like Sanger would have deplete the general fund for road upkeep. 

A planning commission meeting at 6 p.m. this evening at the community center is being held to inform residents about the need to comply with state housing goals and to get input about the best way to go about it.

An earlier attempt by city planners with little community input resulted in a council chamber packed with  confused and angry residents and a city council demand for a do over that involved more interaction and better communication with the public. 

The compliance process started over at a Feb. 28 planning commission meeting which was continued to this evening at the community center to give more residents an opportunity to be involved.

The city is finally getting around to make an attempt to comply with a more than two-year old state demand that the city go along with the state's "housing element law" and zone almost 63 acres of land somewhere within the city limits for affordable housing.

A lack of compliance, the state had earlier threatened, could produce sanctions that might include an imposed building moratorium or a cut off of grant funds flowing through the state to the city. 

One of Gov. Gavin Newsom's first acts was to sue Huntington Beach for being out of compliance with the housing element law.

Sanger city manager Tim Chapa has assured the city council that he has been given permission by the state to string out the compliance process a little longer with a planning commission do over that will involve more public participation. 

That's what the meeting this evening is about - public participation in the new effort to find 63 acres that can be rezoned to meet the state demand.

That's when, according to a notice on the city website, city planners and commissioners will receive input "regarding preliminary consideration to help guide future determinations by the Planning Commission and City Council on ... potential sites for rezoning to satisfy ..." the state mandated housing element. 

Whatever zoning changes that are finally made as a result of complying with the state's housing element law will have to be reflected in the city's general plan which is being updated. 



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