Archive for March 22, 2013

Inclusionary Housing Settlement to Be Considered By Folsom City Council March 26

Encourage Folsom City Council to Settle

As reported in the Sacramento Bee, the Folsom City Council will consider a proposed settlement to legal challenges to its handling of inclusionary housing requirements at its March 26 meeting. Inclusionary housing goals seek to ensure that some percentage of new home and apartment construction be set aside for persons with lower incomes. You can read more in Section 10 of the Housing Element of Folsom’s General Plan, starting on page 102.

Folsom enacted an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance in 2002 requiring that a total of 15 percent of units in new housing developments be set aside for lower-income persons; 10 percent for very-low income (50 percent or less of the county’s median income) and 5 percent for low-income (80 percent or less of the county’s median income). There are a wide variety of methods by which developers can achieve these targets, including providing land for other developers to build affordable housing elsewhere in the city. Responding to pressure from developers during the economic downturn, and in response to the Palmer vs. Los Angeles decision that invalidated Los Angeles’ Inclusionary Housing Ordinance on rental properties, the Folsom City Council acted in 2011 to eliminate any such set-asides.

Various affordable housing advocates challenged the Folsom City Council’s actions, and a Superior Court judge invalidated their attempt.

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ARDems Welcome County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan to Our March Meeting

Join Us March 20th for Our Meeting

The American River Democrats are pleased to announce that our special guest for our March 20th meeting will be Sacramento County Supervisor Roberta MacGlashan. Join us at Samurai Sushi, 12251 Folsom Blvd, Rancho Cordova (at Hazel and Hwy 50). Social and dining time begins at 6:30 pm, with the meeting starting at 7 pm. Review the meeting agenda here.

Roberta MacGlashan was re-elected in 2012 to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors representing the 4th District. The 4th District hugs the northeastern boundaries of Sacramento County, from Rio Linda east to Folsom, then south to the Consumnes River area, and reaches in to Gold River as well.

Many of us don’t have a clear picture of the role and responsibilities of the County Board of Supervisors. MacGlashan will explain how this governing body works, and answer your questions about issues facing the county.

As always, our meetings are open to the general public! We look forward to seeing you March 20th as we welcome Supervisor MacGlashan for an informative presentation.