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City seeks info for future low-income housing

Growing senior population prompts concerns that units could convert to charging market rates.

November 07, 2013|By Bryce Alderton

The group will provide a list of senior housing options that include board and care homes, assisted-living facilities and home health care, with the goal of enabling seniors to live independently in their homes, according to the draft.

The city will also identify possible funding sources to preserve existing extremely low-, very low-, low- and moderate-income housing, and contact the Harbor Cove property owner to discuss long-term options by December 2015, the draft said.

State law requires cities to adopt a housing element as part of their general plans. Laguna's current draft is good through 2021.

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Officials from the California Department of Housing and Community Development will review Laguna Beach's draft to ensure it complies with state law and return it to the Planning Commission with any changes. The commission would recommend any changes to the City Council for review and approval before resubmitting the draft to the state.

"The city has done a lot to promote affordable housing in a high-cost area," Martin said during the Oct. 15 meeting.

As examples, Martin cited the Glennwood House, which houses 50 young adults with developmental disabilities, and amending the city's second residential unit ordinance, which allows for an attached or detached structure between 275 square feet and 640 square feet on a minimum 6,000-square-foot-lot, the municipal code said.

The median single-family home price in Laguna Beach was $1.2 million in 2012, compared with $500,000 countywide, according to DataQuick, a real estate information company.

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