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.