In an effort to help ease San Diego’s housing crisis, city council is considering reforms Monday as part of its “Housing Action Day.”
Ideas being brought forward include softening requirements to build companion units on existing residential properties. Reforms could include reducing parking, setback, and other requirements, as well as decreasing the fees charged to build these units.
The city will also consider ways to streamline various housing approval and appeals processes.
“Housing Action Day is the first start in what will hopefully be many housing action days in the future,” according to a San Diego City Council advisory. “This fall the city council will also hear various housing policies that are currently in the pipeline.”
The San Diego region is facing a housing crisis where the cost of living is far outpacing incomes earned, the city maintains.
“Throughout the state of California, middle class families are spending more than 30 percent of their incomes on housing,” the city council advisory continued. “The average rent in San Diego is now over $1,700 per month. The county’s median home sale price exceeds $500,000 and the median sale price of a newly constructed home in the county is over $750,000.
“Housing Action Day is bringing together stakeholders from across the region to provide input on the city’s housing crisis and support actions to help increase the supply and make living within the city more affordable.”
Monday’s Housing Action Day is scheduled at 1 p.m. inside City Council Chambers.
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