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City of Concord Housing Element Update Virtual Town Hall #1 - Ayuntamiento virtual # 1 - Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda de la ciudad de Concord - Shared screen with speaker view
Technical Support, Christian Mendez (Kearns & West)
01:09:26
Technical Support: Hello, everyone. If you have any technical issues during today’s meeting, please send me Technical Support a private message describing your issue. I will help diagnose the problem.Hola a todxs. Si tiene problemas técnicos durante la reunión, favor de enviarme (Technical Support) un mensaje con descripción de su problema. Le ayudaré diagnosticar el problema.
Debra Ballinger
01:11:42
You can’t click on multiple options
Irma Bodden REP Leader
01:12:00
Can you post it again
Debra Ballinger
01:12:19
Hello! I live & work in Concord
Steve Noack
01:12:27
please go slower next time with the poll
Dan Middleton
01:13:18
I did not get a chance to answer- I live, work and own a business in Concord
Debra Ballinger
01:13:31
Nor did I
Katherine Dano-Luttjohann
01:13:54
I did not get a chance to answer. I live in Concord.
Laura Nakamura
01:14:51
having audio trouble
Judith Myers
01:16:13
Judy Myers Clayton Trees but Mt. Diablo in the Winter
Laura Nakamura
01:16:21
My name is Laura Nakamura, I live in the Kirkwood neighborhood and the view from my window is the beautiful Tusytuk, aka Mt. Diablo
Irma Bodden REP Leader
01:17:33
Irma Bodden—Resident Empowerment Program Team Leader with Hope Solutions, I live in the Oakmead & Monument area, My view is Police Department & 7/11 Store
Katherine Dano-Luttjohann
01:17:42
I am Katherine Dano-Luttjohann. I live in Bishop Estates and my view is the Concord Naval Weapons Station.
Debra Ballinger
01:19:57
Can you slow down the polls?
Dan Middleton
01:25:28
Is Dudek the authors of the plan and Kerns and West project managing the process? What is the relationship? No hurry to answer. Thanks
(Presenter) Aaron Sage, City of Concord (he/him)
01:26:37
Yes, Dudek is writing the plan under City staff's supervision. Kearns & West is a subconsultant to Dudek and is managing the community engagement component of the process.
Dan Middleton
01:27:11
Ok, I understand. Thanks
Laura Nakamura
01:29:11
Plan for or increase our units in Concord?
Debra Ballinger
01:29:11
Can anyone share what has been met in terms of the 5th cycle RHNA?
Dan Middleton
01:29:29
What level is market rate?
Chris Townes
01:30:12
will the housing element inform an eventual rezoning to accommodate the updated housing element?
Dan Middleton
01:30:17
Did we achieve the housing numbers in the 5th cycle yet?
Chris Townes
01:30:38
if so, when is the rezoning anticipated to happen?
Irma Bodden REP Leader
01:31:01
Will that change
Ady Olvera
01:31:25
+ Debra’s question on what is market rate. Also what does the city consider low income individual or household range.
Irma Bodden REP Leader
01:41:23
What happens if the county’s is not building these houses
Chris Townes
01:41:27
what are some of the consequences when a City fails to meet its RHNA allocation?
Debra Ballinger
01:43:32
ABAG has new consequences for not building: State can sue, Developers can sue, Third parties can sue, Indivduals can sue
Dan Middleton
01:45:38
It seems like a lot of work over 8 years to help build 500 units. Now we have 10 times that for the next 6th cycle. Question, do the numbers we miss from cycle 5 get added to cycle 6?
William Goodwin
01:47:18
Can you repeat the percentage of housing allocation met in the 5th cycle?
(Presenter) Aaron Sage, City of Concord (he/him)
01:47:34
Approx. 15%
Debra Ballinger
01:48:34
@Aaron, can you break down the 15% based on income levels?
Debra Ballinger
01:49:58
All of these priorities are important
Dan Middleton
01:50:44
It’s a difficult question- we don’t know the actual demand for homelessness versus rental
Gloria Bruce
01:51:15
Agree, Debra! Although many of these priorities can also overlap. Affordable rental and homeownership housing can serve persons with disabilties, seniors, and prevent homelessness/ help keep peoplein their homes.
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
01:51:49
Our Annual Report data for homelessness showed that in 2020, 6,955 people experienced literal homelessness in Contra Costa
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
01:51:59
Annual Report data: https://cchealth.org/h3/coc/reports.php#Annual
(Presenter) Aaron Sage, City of Concord (he/him)
01:52:14
A little under 14% (of total RHNA) are market rate (above market rate), the other categories are less than 1% each.
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
01:52:35
Correction: 6,955 people experiencing literal homelessness connected with our homeless system of care.
Debra Ballinger
01:52:47
Thanks, Aaron. I think this is an important statistic.
Chris Townes
01:54:35
affordable rental housing is important for working professionals that support our local economy. Rental housing provides increased density that supports urban infill and reduces sprawl
Debra Ballinger
01:54:35
@Jaime—this is so important
Laura Nakamura
01:55:21
work force housing should be a priority
Dan Middleton
01:55:31
With almost 7,000, we have a long way to go if we are only doing 500 every 8 yrs. These numbers are astonishing..
Dan Middleton
01:57:18
Gloria , thanks for that perspective- that helps how we should focus our efforts
Ady Olvera
01:57:58
Housing for low income and individuals with no income, who are the most vulnerable to be displaced should be a priority.
Mary Schreiber
01:58:27
Agree with Gloria that rental housing is more accessible than home ownership right now
Chris Townes
01:58:27
higher density housing along our major boulevards (typically with good bus infrastructure) should also be a priority. This would also help preserve existing neighborhood character
Ady Olvera
01:59:08
Allow individuals to do low fee ADU developments so they can provide housing for indivi
Technical Support, Christian Mendez (Kearns & West)
01:59:26
Technical Support: Hello, everyone. If you have any technical issues during today’s meeting, please send me Technical Support a private message describing your issue. I will help diagnose the problem.Hola a todxs. Si tiene problemas técnicos durante la reunión, favor de enviarme (Technical Support) un mensaje con descripción de su problema. Le ayudaré diagnosticar el problema.
ROCIO Vallejo
01:59:36
Rentas Acequibles o facilidad para poder comprar
Chris Townes
01:59:53
integrating housing near major educational institutions, student housing
Dan Middleton
02:00:42
Question for Aaron- are the mix used housing going up on grant street count toward the number to get us more than 500? Or better stated, does any new housing count toward the numbers we need?
Debra Ballinger
02:08:22
Other: prioritizing public land for affordable housing
Ady Olvera
02:09:30
Lack of out of the box thinking from city leadership, lack of willingness to work aggressively and collaboratively with affordable housing developers. No concrete plans to work with the county to develop on land to meet the needs for house low income and zero income individual and families.
Gloria Bruce
02:09:30
+1 Debra. I would also add a barrier: lack of abundant financing/funding for affordable homes
Dan Middleton
02:11:08
60% think people don’t want affordable housing. We need to look at some of the housing in Oakland that Mid-Pen has built. Not just housing but a concierge of programs to help people exists.
Gloria Bruce
02:11:59
Another question for when it is appropriate: How will the planning process for the Naval Weapons Station reuse project and its thousands of units intersect with this housing element process?
Chris Townes
02:12:05
perhaps a strategic rezoning to provide greater incentive for new development... low energy developers, seems like little new building developments are happening.
Debra Ballinger
02:14:12
+1 Gloria
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
02:14:51
I guess one question I have is what would it take for the city to do ALL of them at the same time?
Gloria Bruce
02:15:29
+1 Jamie; we need all of the above.
Chris Townes
02:15:41
many pockets of the City feel very outdated and unchanged since the 80's. There are also many lots that have remained vacant for years, perhaps create penalties for owners that simply sit on vacant/undeveloped lots that become eyesores.
Ady Olvera
02:16:17
I agree chris.
Debra Ballinger
02:16:41
+1 Chris
Dan Middleton
02:17:00
No matter what strategy or combination there of, they need to be sustainable and use renewable energy
Katherine Dano-Luttjohann
02:17:09
+1 Chris
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
02:17:39
Do we have metrics on the cost benefit analysis for each of these options?
Debra Ballinger
02:17:46
Isn’t downtown is predominantly market rate?
Ady Olvera
02:19:42
Can the city use eminent domain on empty lots, buy them out, to then work with affordable housing developers?
Chris Townes
02:21:51
imo mixed-use should be strategically focused along more major boulevards and def in the downtown rather than throughout the City. This would help preserve existing neighborhood character.
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
02:22:25
all
Chris Townes
02:22:40
I would also support an expanded area downtown!
Dan Middleton
02:22:59
I have been researching Mid-Pen Housing. They have a strategy to build 3,000 affordable housing units. They provide a full service - property management, resident services and property manage not. What role does the city have is luring a company like Mid-Penn or EAH housing to build here?
Katherine Dano-Luttjohann
02:23:23
The City, especially the City Council, needs to help in getting rentals on the market. An example is the Coast Guard housing. The buyer of that property wanted to get the apartments on the market as soon as possible and ran up against some roadblocks, in my mind, when in front of the City.
Laura Nakamura
02:23:24
Is there the hope that development on the Concord Naval Weapons Station will help us meet the RHNA goals? It seems that there's a big push to break ground and we haven't acknowledged if the ground is safe to build on, and also the current developer team that's involved in exclusive negotiations is under intense community scrutiny.
Debra Ballinger
02:23:48
@ Laura—will housing on CNWS actually be build in 8 years?
Chris Townes
02:23:52
good question Laura.
Debra Ballinger
02:24:44
+1 Aaron
Gloria Bruce
02:25:33
@Dan, my organization works closely with MidPen, EAH and other nonprofit developers (like RCD and SAHA and Hope Solutions who already have affordable properties in Concord). Feel free to look me up at www.ebho.org if you would like to learn more about how these groups are involved in Concord housing work.
Chris Townes
02:27:01
is there a transit official in the meeting that can speak to planned major transit improvements? I feel this could help inform our ideas as to where new housing could/should be located.
Laura Nakamura
02:28:22
@chris townes +1
Jaime Jenett, H3 (she/her)
02:30:31
If people want to know more about homelessness in Contra Costa, please feel free to reach out to me at Jaime.jenett@cchealth.org. Jaime Jenett, Community Engagement Specialist, H3.
Tim Carr
02:30:32
I did not see single family homes even being mentioned. Are these now not in the plan? The town currently has a large percentage of SFH.
Debra Ballinger
02:30:53
@Dan it’s a bad number—but the majority is market rate, Less than 1% for other income groups.
Debra Ballinger
02:31:51
Well stated, Dan!
Ady Olvera
02:32:11
@jaime. Thank you for all you do!
William Goodwin
02:32:27
Seeing that only 15% of the housing allocation was met in the last cycle. Does that point to the programs created for developing, availability of land or ?
(Presenter) Aaron Sage, City of Concord (he/him)
02:32:44
Dan (and everyone else here), we welcome your involvement and please share about the project with your network to get more people involved!
Ady Olvera
02:33:06
I also want the public to have more information on BART land that Concord is allowed to build on, create temporary micro/tiny homes for the unhoused.
Technical Support, Christian Mendez (Kearns & West)
02:36:18
Direct questions to info@concordhousinelement.org
(Web Manager) Ivana Rosas, Kearns & West (she/her)
02:36:23
Housing Element Update Process website: www.concordhousingelement.org
Dan Middleton
02:36:55
Thanks to all the presenters. You did a lot of work and we have to work together to get 5,000 + units.
Ady Olvera
02:36:55
I would like to see a bilingual mailer go out to renters and homewoners
Debra Ballinger
02:37:36
Thanks, Jenna for great facilitation and thanks Aaron end everyone.for the presentation
Irma Bodden REP Leader
02:37:39
Great meeting thank you Great meeting thank you
Coleman Frick, City of Concord
02:37:55
The website (www.concordhousingelement.org) also has a link to sign up for a mailing list--please pass it along to anyone you think would be interested in the process
Katherine Dano-Luttjohann
02:38:00
Thanks to all.