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Housing Action Package 2.0

Homes for All of UsThe City of San Diego remains committed to providing Homes for All of Us. Housing Action Package 1.0 adopted in February 2022, included new programs and code revisions to incentivize construction of new homes at all income levels. Housing Action Package 2.0 will continue the commitment to create regulations that encourage the development of homes for San Diego’s diverse population. The Housing Action Package 2.0 aims to implement state law to allow the construction of more new homes near transit, provide protections to existing residents and increase the supply of land available for new home development. This initiative will also incentivize and promote new home opportunities in all communities that San Diegans of all income levels can afford.

Strategic Plan Priority Areas of Focus

This initiative focuses on the following priority areas of the Strategic Plan:

Create Homes for All of Us

Allows additional opportunities for homes for people of all incomes, abilities and family compositions in all communities, especially in higher-resource communities currently lacking affordable homes.


Champion Sustainability

Allows for more homes where residents can walk, roll, bike and take transit.


Foster Regional Prosperity

Promotes homes for residents of all incomes in all communities, so San Diego continues to have a strong economy.

Barrio Logan Housing
Commercial property housing
Affordable housing project

Housing Action Package 2.0 Proposed Actions

SB 10 Implementation

Senate Bill 10, which was passed by the state legislature in 2021, allows a city to implement a program to approve projects that build up to 10 homes per multi-family zoned parcels in a transit-rich area through a streamlined process, with a potential option for additional homes on single-family zoned parcels in transit-rich areas. These additional homes would be allowed subject to certain regulations, including the provision of on-site affordable homes.

Affordable Housing Anti-Displacement Protection 

This action would strengthen the City’s regulations to protect tenants who could be displaced by the construction of new homes.

Complete Communities Housing Solutions Refinements

Complete Communities Housing Solutions was approved in 2020. This action would include certain refinements aimed at incentivizing the production of new homes for families of all sizes, including potential new incentives for homes with three or more bedrooms and moderate-income households.

Homes on Underutilized Commercial Sites

Vacant or underused retail, office and shopping center sites may be appropriate locations for new homes. This action would include new development incentives for new affordable homes on these vacant or underused sites.

Incentives to Discontinue Harmful Uses Near Sensitive Residential Uses

This action is intended to amend regulations that initiate the conversion of uses that are incompatible with homes and no longer comply with the uses that are allowed in the zone. This will encourage the construction of new homes in areas where that housing is planned for and remove uses that reduce the quality of life for the residents in those areas. For example, sites that are currently zoned for residential uses but continue to utilize previously conforming industrial uses can be incompatible with the City’s housing and environmental justice goals. These sites typically occur in traditionally underserved communities and create environmental justice concerns while also hindering the construction of new homes.

Off-Site Density Bonus and Inclusionary Housing Requirements

Under the City of San Diego’s inclusionary-housing ordinance, housing developers are required to build a certain number of affordable homes or pay into a fund used to create affordable housing, and currently, they may build those affordable homes offsite. This action aims to create more affordable housing in communities that currently lack it by redirecting construction of these homes, whether created through the fund or the offsite option, to “high resource” areas — areas close to good-paying jobs that have low levels of air and water pollution and a high educational achievement.

Single Room Occupancy (SRO) Home Incentives

Single-room occupancy (SRO) homes are a housing type that results in homes for people at a low cost and may be available for residents at risk of homelessness. This action would include development incentives to construct new SRO homes to provide more living options for people with very limited income.

Student Housing

San Diego faces a lack of student housing, which contributes to a lack of housing otherwise available for the non-student population. This action would allow for private, dormitory-style efficiency homes in multifamily locations near universities in areas located close to transit.

Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Home Density Bonus and Accessible ADU Programs

ADU Home Density Bonus Program regulations are intended to allow for the development of ADU homes throughout the City in a streamlined, cost-efficient manner.This action would be analyzing ways to incentivize the production of low and very low-income ADU homes while maintaining or improving the current level of production under the program, as well as identifying incentives for property owners to construct ADA-accessible ADU homes.

 

For more information on Housing Action Package 2.0, please see PDF icon HAP 2.0 Fact Sheet  | PDF icon HAP 2.0 Hoja de Información

Housing Action Package 2.0 Anticipated Schedule

Housing Action Plan Timeline

Input from the public is encouraged throughout the process. Beginning in September, the Planning Department will host a series of public workshops. Please sign up to stay informed on these workshop details at the bottom of this webpage. 

Housing Action Package 1.0 - Approved February 2022 

Senate Bill 9 (SB 9) Implementation

Senate Bill 9 was passed by the state legislature in 2021 and took effect on Jan. 1, 2022. It requires a city to approve the following: 

     -Up to two new homes on a single-family zoned lot and/or; 

     -Splitting a single-family zoned lot into two lots about the same size.  

Senate Bill 9 also allows for the city to tailor some decisions regarding setbacks, parking, landscaping and development impact fee (DIF) requirements.  The City’s Municipal Code will be amended with an additional section that focuses on multi-dwelling units and lot splitting in single-family zones. 

PDF icon Obtenga más información sobre la implementación del Proyecto de Ley del Senado 9 (SB 9 por sus siglas en ingles) y las regulaciones para unidades de vivienda accesoria.

Learn more in this presentation:

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Amendments to the City’s ADU regulations provide consistency with SB9 related to setbacks, parking, landscaping and DIF fees.  

     -Require 4-foot setback for multi-story ADUs next to residential lots.

     -Tree regulations for all ADU’s and additional requirements on sites with two or more ADUs.

     -Increasing development impact fee for each ADU in excess of the first two larger than 750 square feet. 

PDF icon Obtenga más información sobre la implementación del Proyecto de Ley del Senado 9 (SB 9 por sus siglas en ingles) y las regulaciones para unidades de vivienda accesoria.

Learn more in this presentation:

Affordable Housing in All Communities

Affordable housing is not available in all communities in San Diego. In fact, many communities have little to no housing reserved for low-income residents.

The Housing Action Package encourages more affordable housing construction throughout the City by allowing affordable units built through the City’s density bonus program and 100% affordable housing developments to be built in these communities. To meet the City’s climate and equity goals, the homes must be built near transit and in areas deemed “high resource” by the State of California. “High resource” communities generally have access to high-paying jobs, high-performing schools and better air quality. This proposal is a key component of the City’s efforts to further fair housing and make all communities in San Diego more accessible to live in.

Employee Housing Incentive Program

Currently, new office buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and other non-residential projects do not have an opportunity to provide housing for the new employees the development brings to the City.

The Housing Action Package allows non-residential development in Transit Priority Areas to pay into the Affordable Housing Trust fund or build affordable housing in exchange for incentives. This proposal is intended to assist in the promotion of job growth in the City while also addressing the housing crisis.

Live/Work Flexibility

Currently, the City allows for the development of Live/Work units that function as both a home and place of business. Over the past several years, the workforce needs have changed and more Live/Work units are needed to accommodate people who work from home.

The Housing Action Package amends the requirements for Live/Work units to allow for more working from home and telework opportunities.

Housing at City Facilities

In addition to the opportunities for new housing mentioned above, the City of San Diego recognizes it has its own role to play in meeting the needs of residents.

The Housing Action Package allows by-right affordable and middle-income housing developments on existing and new publicly-owned sites. For example, when the City constructs a library or other public facility, it could include housing units in the development. The City could also build housing on parking lots or other City-owned existing built spaces.

Housing Accessibility Program

Residents with disabilities need more opportunities to live in accessible homes with adequate space in kitchens and bathrooms and accessible routes throughout the building. As San Diego’s population ages, creating accessible homes is an important way to ensure more residents can remain in San Diego.

The Housing Action Package provides incentives for housing developments to include more accessible housing than required by the California Building Code.

Housing for Families

Housing for families can be difficult to find. Residents with multiple children or intergenerational families may not be able to find opportunities to live in places within walking distance of transit, schools and parks.

The Housing Action Package provides incentives for housing developments with units that have three or more bedrooms. Additional incentives are awarded if the three or more bedroom units are reserved for middle-income families.

Minor Revisions

The Housing Action Package also makes minor revisions to the existing policy that facilitates the production of new housing. These minor revisions include:

  • Timeline adjustments: These amendments would extend the building permit expiration to streamline the phased development of residential master plan projects.
  • Affordable Housing Permit Requirements: These amendments would remove the requirement for additional discretionary permits for increases in density for development that complies with the affordable housing regulations.

For more information on Housing Action Package 1.0, please see the PDF icon HAP 1.0 Fact Sheet.

Housing Action Package 1.0 Public Hearings 

  • Planning Commission: The Housing Action Package was reviewed by the Planning Commission on December 16, 2021. The Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend adoption of the Housing Action Package as presented, with one modification to increase the number of onsite trees required from one to two per 5,000 square feet of lot area and to reduce the threshold for the requirement from three ADUs to two.
  •  Land Use & Housing Committee: The Housing Action Package was reviewed by the Land Use & Housing (LU&H) Committee of the City Council on January 13, 2022. LU&H voted unanimously to recommend adoption of the Housing Action Package as presented, without modification.
    • Agenda (To view supporting materials, including the staff report, click on the item name in the agenda and a list of supporting documents will be provided on the right-hand side of the screen.)
    • Video Recording (Presentation Starts at 25:05 Mark)

  • City Council: The Housing Action Package is scheduled for review by the City Council on February 8, 2022 and will be heard as Item 333.  
    • PDF icon Notice of Public Hearing
    • Agenda (To view supporting materials, including the staff report, click on the item name for Item 333 in the agenda and a list of supporting documents will be provided on the right-hand side of th

Prior Homes for All of Us Workshops

On Aug. 4, 2021, Planning Department staff hosted a Homes For All of Us Implementation Proposal workshop to receive public feedback on ideas to provide more housing in San Diego. This was followed by a second workshop on Aug. 16, 2021, to discuss the proposed code amendment language. If you missed the workshops, you can view recordings of the meetings below.

Watch Workshop #1

Watch Workshop #2