San Diego County and its largest city are planning to work together to build at least 10,000 affordable housing units on public land and streamline permitting for developers.

Board of Supervisors Chair Nathan Fletcher and City Council President Sean Elo-Rivera will lead a joint summit of the two governing bodies on Monday where a resolution to move forward is expected.

“When we look at the affordable housing situation in our region, it is time for us to start thinking about these problems together, in a way that makes the most efficient use of our resources,” said Fletcher.

“Our collaboration has the potential to unlock great opportunities to make housing more affordable for San Diegans,” said Elo-Rivera.

The two bodies are expected to vote on a resolution that commits the county and city to:

  • Streamline permitting and reduce other barriers to accelerate housing construction.   
  • Build 10,000 affordable homes on government-owned land and maximize the community benefits of these properties, including ensuring that the construction creates good-paying jobs. 
  • Leverage public, private, and other funds to accelerate affordable housing development. 
  • Support higher densities at properties owned by the San Diego Housing Commission and its nonprofit affiliate. 

The joint county-city housing summit is scheduled for 9 a.m. at Montezuma Hall on the campus of San Diego State University.  It is open to the public and will be broadcast on the city TV channel.

The last time the two bodies met together was in April 2000, at the start of the new millennium.     

To learn how to participate in the meeting, visit the County of San Diego website or the City of San Diego website.

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.