Oceanside Votes to End Inclusionary Housing Mandate

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Some days you just have to make yourself a target.  Today is one of those days.

I don't know about you, but I never quite got the concept of inclusionary housing.  What exactly is the point of a developer trying to create an upscale neighborhood only to be forced to include a certain percentage of low income housing (or pay substantial penalties).  There are very different belief systems in the two types of people and the social engineering of forcing the mixture is not necessarily a good thing.

Apparently the Oceanside City Council has decided that this mandate never really worked for them and have just recently voded to eliminate it, (according to http://blog.biasandiego.org/) stating that the

"current program is ineffective, punitive, and impedes job creation.  The twenty-year-old mandate  requires builders to either include low income housing in their projects or pay what Councilman Jerry Kern and others called a ‘housing tax' in excess of $10,000 for every home built."

"The BIA and other home building representatives testified that the housing tax makes  potential projects economically infeasible forcing them to delay construction and preventing job creation.  A majority of the council agreed pointing out that construction activity in Oceanside is at historic lows and unemployment remains in double digits."

It sounds like the council is planning on removing this "stick" and replace it with some "carrots".  They intend to replace the current program with a series of incentives and regulatory reforms that will make the low income housing more economically feasible to build.  All TBD.

Comments (3)

Dan Edward Phillips
Dan Edward Phillips - Eureka, CA
Realtor and Broker/Owner

That is good news Robert, now if they would only eliminate it in Humboldt County!

Feb 26, 2011 05:48 PM
Pamela Seley
West Coast Realty Division - Murrieta, CA
Residential Real Estate Agent serving SW RivCo CA

I think this is good news, too.  At least your local government is trying to do something about jobs.  I know more people in construction who aren't working right now.  Construction affects all businesses. 

Feb 26, 2011 06:36 PM