In recent months, the Chamber’s Public Policy Task Force has worked to develop strong housing creation policy statements to address one Oceanside’s most critical issues… workforce housing. These policy statements, adopted by the Chamber Board in May, will provide direction in how the Chamber will interact with the City and State on housing related policy.
Key elements of the policy platform include support of updating the City’s 3-decade old Land Use Element, streamlining of City processes, objectivity in project reviews, expansion of housing into underutilized commercial zones and reduced fees associated with Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU’s).
“With the State of California aggressively pushing out housing legislation, it is more important now than ever that the City get ahead on this issue in order to maintain local control”, said Chamber CEO, Scott Ashton. “While SB 50 is on the shelf for now, it may just be the tip of the iceberg in terms of what we’ll see from the State in coming years.”
The most recent Regional Housing Needs Assessment (2013-2021) has Oceanside’s allocation at 6,210 units. Almost 6 years into the current RHNA cycle, recent numbers show that the City has only met about 17 percent of its RHNA target.
With regard to development currently under consideration, the Chamber has been a vocal supporter of the proposed North River Farms project which would bring an agrihood with over 600 new housing units to the South Morro Hills area of Oceanside.
Oceanside Chamber Housing Creation Policy Statements
Adopted by Chamber Board – May 2019
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