Town expedites housing plan to ensure grant funds |

Town expedites housing plan to ensure grant funds

Staff reportsTruckee’s housing element, which is three years overdue for revision, will be adopted ahead of the rest of the new General Plan to give the town a better chance of securing state grants.The housing element sets the town’s goals and mandates for meeting state housing requirements. Town officials said it should be adopted by February of next year. “The housing element stuff is now entirely separate,” said Town Planner Duane Hall. The town has grant applications for more than $3 million in affordable housing assistance and $500,000 to encourage industrial properties to move away from the Truckee River. Because the town’s housing element is outdated, the applications stand a slimmer chance of being funded. Town officials expect the state to reject the $500,000 grant application, but the affordable housing application still stands a chance of being funded, said Tony Lashbrook, Truckee community development director .The latest move to speed the housing element ahead of the General Plan update could be considered by the state when the affordable housing application is considered, said Hall.”We hope that they take into account that the housing element will be adopted in the near future,” said Hall. The state housing element law, enacted in 1969, mandates that local governments plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. Through a set of formulas worked out by the state Department of Finance and Department of Housing and Community Development, cities and counties are given a number of housing units they must fit into their general plans.While cities and counties aren’t required to actually build, for example, apartment complexes, their zoning policies must adopt land-use plans that provide opportunities for, and do not constrain, such development.

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