Despite a hefty discussion at the previous planning commission meeting about the proposed design of the Olive Grove subdivision, the 21-lot parcel map is still moving forward after the commission unanimously recommended their affordable housing plan to the city council on Tuesday, June 13.
According to Economic Development and Housing Manager Dan Maguire, the subdivision is required to provide one very low-income unit, one low-income unit and one moderate-income unit. The general requirement is 15 percent affordable housing units, with 6 percent dedicated to very low income.
Developer Chris Williams chose to pay an in-lieu fee of $75,000 for construction of very low income and low-income units elsewhere, and construct one moderate-income unit within the subdivision, which is located between Hemenway Street and the Winters Cemetery.
After commissioner David Adams asked for clarification on the process for determining in-lieu fees, Maguire explained that it’s mostly determined by how much the city would need to construct the unit.
“Staff is reasonably confident that we’re going to be able to fulfill the responsibility we have taken on,” said Maguire, “When you accept the in-lieu fee, you accept the responsibility that the in-lieu fee will come to fruition.”
Commission Chairperson Kate Frazier asked if the money from the fee would be applied to the Blue Mountain Terrace affordable senior housing.
“We’re still trying to work out the last piece of funding for the Blue Mountain Terrace. We’ve collected $250,000 of the $360,000 that Hudson Ogando and Callahan are required to pay. That would be the next money out the door,” said Maguire.
One of five proposed housing developments to stall in the 2007 economy crash, Creekside Estates is up for resurrection with an amended development agreement to extend the time to build until 2018. The subdivision property is located at the southwest corner of Main Street and Grant Avenue, and backs up to Dry Creek.
The city added a requirement to install broadband capability to all units, and a fee for an urban water management plan, which will be a shared cost between Creekside, Winters Highlands and Hudson-Ogando.
Commissioner Patrick Riley requested clarification how school impact fees are paid.
“We used to have school impact fees — now the school district is negotiating with the developer?” he asked.
“Times are much different,” said City Manager John Donlevy, “The schools are getting what they’ve adopted. In a sense, they’re negotiating, but not really.”
An agreement for developer fees paid to the school district will need to be determined before they city council approves the project, according to Contract Planner David Doswell.
“Originally when (Creekside Estates) was going through, there were 100 people on the waiting list for this subdivision,” said Donlevy. “The potential for this subdivision is very high.”
This meeting marks the last for Frazier on the commission, which will see new commissioners and a new chairperson in July.
The planning commission meets next on Tuesday, July 25, at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at City Hall. Anyone may attend.