Tuesday, July 31, 2018 - NEWS RELEASE
San Diego – Continuing the push to increase housing supply so there are more homes and apartments that San Diegans can afford, the City Council today adopted another of Mayor Faulconer’s “Housing SD” strategies. Modifications to “Live/Work Quarter” regulations will ease rules to allow more housing in commercial areas.
“This is going to put underutilized commercial and industrial spaces to work in tackling San Diego’s housing crisis,” Mayor Faulconer said. “Lifting restrictions on housing will bring new life to old buildings and allow businesses owners to live where they work. Common-sense approaches like this will help reduce our housing shortage and increase housing affordability.”
Today’s action made amendments to the rules on Live/Work Quarters adopted as part of a March update to the City’s land development code. The changes will allow for a smaller living space in a place of business, add more business types that can include living spaces, and authorize additional locations where Live/Work Quarters are permitted. Specifically it will:
Part of “Housing Day” at City Council, the Live/Work Quarters regulations were among several important topics discussed related to increasing San Diego’s supply of housing that most people can afford. Other topics included the City’s Housing Inventory Report, local efforts to create and preserve affordable housing, inclusionary housing and a presentation on the State’s efforts to increase housing supply.
The proposal adopted today joins several key actions taken by Mayor Faulconer and the City Council over the past year to spur construction of low-income and middle-class housing, speed up the development review process, direct funding toward affordable housing and encourage growth in transit-priority areas.
Since June 2017, the City has adopted strategies including:
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