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Thank you for joining us on November 7, 2019 and February 1, 2020,  for community conversations about the future of housing in San Carlos. We were very pleased with the turnout and community participation at both meetings. During the meetings, participants had the chance to share stories and ideas with each other and to learn more about how the issue of housing is affecting our community.

The meetings featured two brief presentations, followed by moderated table conversations between residents. Because we wanted the conversations to focus on community perspectives, City staff and elected officials were present only as listeners. Below are links to the presentation and background handouts from both meetings.

Video and Materials from the November 7, 2019 Meeting

Video and Materials from the February 1, 2020 Meeting 

Thank you again for participating and we hope that you will continue your involvement by attending future Planning Commission, City Council, and other Committee meetings. 

Couldn't make the meetings?  Share your input on our Shape San Carlos Forum

Welcome Home San Carlos is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing.

Through this conversation series we hope to increase community participation, ensure that all voices are heard, and learn more about our community’s hopes for the future. Our goal is to create an inclusive and more informed environment for people to talk and listen to each other, while also identifying key priorities that can guide future actions on housing.

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Pop-up and Outreach Events

In addition to the community conversations, staff hosted pop-up events throughout the City. The goal of these pop-ups is to listen to the community, and to hear about the priorities, concerns and values of those who live and work in San Carlos.

Staff also spoke to representatives from service workers such as firefighters, police, school district staff, parents, and downtown employees with the goal of connecting with a broad cross section of people who live or work in San Carlos- especially  those who have not been part of housing conversations in the past. 

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Links & Resources 

Housing Information and Resources

Find information on housing related items including California income limits, affordable housing, and links to regional housing resources. 

Spotlight: Housing Goals 

This newsletter outlines our short, medium, and long-term housing goals and the City’s housing work plan. The goal of this plan is to address our community’s housing needs, while thoughtfully and proactively responding to public input and efforts to maintain our unique community character. 

ADU Ordinance Update

To comply with updated state policies, the City of San Carlos is undergoing a process of updating its local Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance (currently titled Second Dwelling Unit in the City’s municipal code). The ADU Planning Commission Study Session was completed on October 7, 2019. Community Development staff is currently working on addressing the comments received and will return to the Planning Commission with a draft ordinance within the next few months. 

Affordable Housing Programs Update

The City recently amended the Municipal Code to encourage the construction of more affordable housing. Developers will now be required to include Below Market Rate (BMR) units in residential rental developments. The changes also eliminate “in lieu” fees, which developers could previously pay as an alternative to building BMR units. Specific amendments are discussed in the staff report. 

Senate Bill (SB2) Grant Funding

Staff submitted the SB2 application on July 8, 2019, which qualifies San Carlos to receive $160,000 of state funding to support housing supply land use and process improvements. Details about the grant are discussed in the staff report.