There’s been a lot of discussion over the past month on the value of the state’s density bonus law in general, and how it’s been implemented in Encinitas in particular.
In March, Maya Srikrishnan delved into the city’s attempts to circumvent the law, which allows developers to exceed local zoning restrictions, including density, if they agree to set aside some units for low-income residents.
Residents responded, saying that in practice, the law lets developers sell many more market-rate units, while providing relatively few affordable ones.
Now, Stephen Russell, executive director of the San Diego Housing Federation, writes that the law is working, and is just one important tool to lay the foundation of a more affordable housing market.
“Critics of density bonus use the false argument that because production under the program has failed to solve the affordability problem in its entirety, the program must not work. Yet, it is intended to only be one of many sources of affordable housing. In the absence of redevelopment agency funds and the depletion of voter-approved financing, we need this program,” Russell writes.
Think of the Children
Contract negotiations are under way in Rancho Santa Fe between the Faculty Association and the Rancho Santa Fe School District.