Thank you for joining us on November 7, 2019 for the first in a series of community conversations about the future of housing in San Carlos. We were very pleased with the turnout and community participation. During the meeting, 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 meeting featured two brief presentations, followed by moderated table conversations between residents. Because we wanted this conversation 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 the meeting. A meeting report summarizing the November 7 event will be posted soon.

Thank you again for participating and we hope that you can join us for our second meeting:

Saturday, February 1, 2020
Adult Community Center (601 Chestnut St, San Carlos, CA 94070)
Doors open at 9:30 AM
Meeting begins 10:00 AM
Child Care available upon request 
Translation Services available upon request

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

The second meeting will build on the first conversation and look at ways that we can work together to address our City’s housing needs. We look forward to hearing from at the second meeting or one of our upcoming outreach events.

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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Share Your Input at Pop-up and Outreach Events

In addition to the meetings on November 7, 2019, and February 1, 2020, staff will be tabling at 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 held successful pop-ups at the San Carlos Farmers Market on Sunday, October 20 and November 3. Thank you to those who shared what they value about San Carlos and told us about how the issue of housing is affecting them. We will continue doing pop-ups until the second meeting. We want to hear from you!

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Links & 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.