2017-05-23

Anaheim Affordable Housing Action Plan

The State of California has a statewide housing affordability crisis, which also manifests at the regional and local level. Based on data recently produced by the Southern California Association of Governments and California Housing... Read more
The State of California has a statewide housing affordability crisis, which also manifests at the regional and local level. Based on data recently produced by the Southern California Association of Governments and California Housing Partnership Corporation, from 2000 to 2015, median rents in California have increased 25%, while median household income has declined 4%. Statewide, more than 60% of very low-income families spend upwards of 50% of household income on housing. Orange County, California is among the top 10 least affordable metropolitan markets in the nation, with 55% of Orange County renters spending more than 30% of income on rent. The most recent Regional Housing Needs Allocation numbers indicate that 37,966 units are needed to meet current housing needs in Orange County. The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) for the City of Anaheim for the period of 2014-2021 indicates that the City has a total housing need of 5,702 units. From this allocation, the RHNA designates: a) 1,256 units for very low-income families, with incomes at or below 50% of Average Median Income (AMI), or $52,150 for a family of four; b) 907 units for low-income families with an AMI ranging from 51% to 80%, not to exceed $83,450; c) 1,038 units for moderate-income families with an AMI ranging from 81% to 120%, not to exceed $105,600; and d) 2,501 units for above moderate income families with an AMI above 120%. Demand for affordable housing in Anaheim continues to be significant. There are currently over 25,000 families on the waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) program, a rental subsidy program, and 20,000 families on the interest list for referrals for affordable housing in Anaheim, units where families pay their own way but rents are generally lower than those charged in privately owned rental housing; and Read less
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May 23, 2017
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The City Council, by this resolution, affirms that affordable housing is a priority in the City of Anaheim and is adopting a policy statement that encourages a dialogue between City staff and all developers of upcoming rental and for-sale housing proposed in Anaheim to consider options and approaches for addressing the... Read more

The City Council, by this resolution, affirms that affordable housing is a priority in the City of Anaheim and is adopting a policy statement that encourages a dialogue between City staff and all developers of upcoming rental and for-sale housing proposed in Anaheim to consider options and approaches for addressing the City’s affordable housing needs, as set forth in the Housing Element of the City’s General Plan, and other documents that guide the City’s affordable housing goals.

Regulatory Relief Continue the City’s commitment to reducing bureaucracy by providing relief from regulations that create barriers to the development of affordable housing.

1.1 Analyze and process amendments to the Zoning Code to ensure that the City’s ordinances and programs are consistent with State laws that facilitate the production of affordable housing;

1.2 Analyze and process amendments to the Zoning Code to allow the development of all housing product-types, including creative housing solutions for all income levels;

1.3 Encourage the State to adopt meaningful reforms to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and its processes to alleviate challenges and impediments to affordable housing production.; and

4.3 Partner with the business and development community to find and explore programs and tools that increase the production of affordable housing in Anaheim.

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Gustavo Gonzalez

Senior Planner, Anaheim Planning Department
May 15, 2019

In response to City Council policies to address homelessness and find creative housing solutions as discussed above, staff is recommending modifying Chapters 18.08 (Commercial Zones) and 18.38 (Supplemental Use Regulations) to facilitate the conversion of existing motels and other commercial and office... Read more

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In response to City Council policies to address homelessness and find creative housing solutions as discussed above, staff is recommending modifying Chapters 18.08 (Commercial Zones) and 18.38 (Supplemental Use Regulations) to facilitate the conversion of existing motels and other commercial and office structures within the "C-G" General Commercial Zone to housing. The conversion of said structures would be limited to Multiple-Family, Transitional and Supportive Housing for lower income individuals and subject to certain development and performance standards and approval of a conditional use permit. These development and performance standards include:

Sunset Provisions: In early 2018, the Association of California Cities – Orange County (ACC-OC) called upon Orange County’s 34 cities to develop a countywide plan to build and fund 2,700 Supportive Housing units, which would provide enough units to house the County’s estimated homeless population. To achieve the goal of 2,700 units, ACC-OC allocated every city in Orange County a target number of units based on each city’s total resident population. Anaheim received an allocation of 303 units, the highest of any city since it is the largest city in the County. In response, the proposed ordinance’s primary purpose is to facilitate the conversion of existing motels, and other commercial and office structures, to Supportive Housing to meet the ACC-OC’s allocation. The ordinance includes a sunset provision that would null and void the ordinance three years from its effective date or upon satisfaction of the 303 Supportive Housing units allocated to Anaheim by ACC-OC, whichever occurs first. The City Council would have the authority to grant an extension to the ordinance beyond the three years. Additionally, if the City receives an application to convert a motel or other commercial or office structure to housing prior to reaching the 303 unit threshold and the proposed project would create an excess of 303 units of Supportive Housing, that application will be considered for the full number of units proposed, subject to the approval of the Planning Commission. As further discussed below, the ordinance would also allow conversions of motel, office and commercial structures to Transitional and Multiple-Family Housing, but only when in conjunction with Supportive Housing.

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Susan Kim

Principal Planner
May 15, 2019

Permitted Zone: The proposed ordinance would only allow the conversion of existing motel and other commercial and office structures to Multiple-Family, Transitional and Supportive Housing for low-income persons within the "C-G" General Commercial Zone, subject to the granting of a conditional use... Read more

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Permitted Zone: The proposed ordinance would only allow the conversion of existing motel and other commercial and office structures to Multiple-Family, Transitional and Supportive Housing for low-income persons within the "C-G" General Commercial Zone, subject to the granting of a conditional use permit. 

Location and Distribution: The proposed ordinance would allow the City Council to determine the location and distribution of each application requesting residential conversions under the subject ordinance through a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the applicant and the City. The applicant would be required to enter into this MOU prior to the Planning Commission’s review of the conditional use permit application. This would ensure the equitable and appropriate distribution of units throughout the City in relation to other sites providing Transitional Housing, Supportive Housing, Emergency Shelters and other forms of housing and services offered to target populations. 

Residential Density and Occupancy Limits: As discussed above, the proposed ordinance would only allow conversions of structures to residential uses within the "C-G" General Commercial Zone. Since this a commercial zone, the development standards of the “C-G” Zone do not provide a specific density range requirement for residential development. To accommodate the target population household needs and allow a density that is appropriate to a selected site and its surrounding properties, staff recommends that the ordinance allow a maximum residential density of one hundred (100) residents per acre, in lieu of dwelling units per acre. 

The proposed ordinance would also establish occupancy limits. The maximum occupancy of any housing units approved under this ordinance would be subject to the following provisions: 

  ï‚·  Studio Units – The maximum occupancy would not exceed one person. 


  ï‚·  One-Bedroom Units – The maximum occupancy would not exceed three persons. 
If needed, the City would allow one additional person to be part of a household as a reasonable accommodation and subject to on-site management approval. The Community and Economic Development Department, would work with applicant to further define the conditions of this accommodation in the property’s Marketing and Tenant Selection plan. 
Design Review: To ensure quality design and architecture, the proposed ordinance would require that all applications for residential conversions conform to the City of Anaheim Affordable Housing Development Residential Design Guidelines (see Attachment No. 2). Applicants of proposed conversions for residential uses would be required to submit plans to the Planning and Building Department and Community and Economic Development Department for design review to ensure project compatibility to the existing neighborhood scale and character, and a consistent high level of livability for residents, consistent with the General Plan Community Design Element. 
Supportive Housing Units: As discussed above, the proposed ordinance’s primary purpose is to facilitate the conversion of existing motel and other commercial and office structures to Supportive Housing. It would allow conversions to Transitional and Multiple-Family Housing, but only when in conjunction with Supportive Housing. 


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Jose Moreno

Anaheim District 3 City Councilmember
June 4, 2019

ORDINANCE NO. 6465 (ADOPTION) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ANAHEIM amending Chapters 18.08 (Commercial Zones), and 18.38 (Supplemental Use Regulations) of Title 18 (Zoning) of the Anaheim Municipal Code to facilitate the conversion of existing motel and other commercial and office structures to allow multiple-family, transitional and... Read more

June 4, 2019

ORDINANCE NO. 6465 (ADOPTION) AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF ANAHEIM amending Chapters 18.08 (Commercial Zones), and 18.38 (Supplemental Use Regulations) of Title 18 (Zoning) of the Anaheim Municipal Code to facilitate the conversion of existing motel and other commercial and office structures to allow multiple-family, transitional and supportive housing for low-income persons and finding and determining that this ordinance is exempt from the requirements to prepare additional environmental documentation per California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines, Section 15301(Class 1; Existing Facilities) (Zoning Code Amendment No. 2019-00160) (DEV2019-00031) (facilitate the conversion of existing motels and other commercial and office structures within the "C-G" General Commercial Zone to housing) (Introduced at Council meeting of May 14, 2019, Item No. 16).

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