Napa Valley Register: Napa Council May Restore Affordable Housing Requirement

Napa Valley Register: Napa Council May Restore Affordable Housing Requirement
August 20, 2018 Joanna Rivas

As apartment rents in Napa remain high and vacancies stubbornly low, the City Council will look into restoring requirements that new rental housing complexes reserve some units for lower-income tenants.At its Tuesday meeting, the council will review how Napa could revive an ordinance that ordered builders to set aside 10 percent of the units in rental housing construction for tenants making less than the city’s median income.The rule was one of many across California to be neutered by a 2009 court case declaring such “inclusionary” requirements an illegal back-door form of rent control. But city staff members say a state law passed last year will let Napa bring its law back to life, and cut into a widening shortfall of housing for lower-income Napans.

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