In August, the HB Huddle Local Elections Team and Steering Team developed a questionnaire for Huntington Beach City Council candidates. The questionnaire was sent to all 15 candidates running for HB City Council. We received responses from seven candidates. The following are their unedited answers to our questions. Their answers are presented here in alphabetical order.
As advocates for informed voting, we hope these responses will educate community members about city issues and where the candidates stand on those issues. The election is coming up on Nov. 6, 2018 and voters will be able to vote for up to four City Council candidates.
1) How would you create affordable housing in our city? Does high density housing fit into those plans? If so where can this type of housing be built?
Kim Carr: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]Our current housing code requires developers to set aside 10% of any new project for affordable units. Back in the early 90’s, the city issued a bond to help build affordable housing for seniors (Emerald Cove, Five Points Senior Apts. and Huntington Gardens). With the addition of these apartments the city now has over 600 units available to seniors who are classified as very low-income to moderate income. In addition, there are currently over 900 affordable units available to people who qualify under very low-income earners up to moderate income earners.
Unfortunately, the state took away the city’s redevelopment funds which aided in projects like the low-income senior housing development. While we can’t offer loan incentives for developers to set aside more units for affordable housing (and Huntington Beach is pretty much built-out at this point anyway) I would explore opportunities for the city to offer any tax incentives to current apartment owners for additional affordable inventory. This would be purely voluntary and on a limited basis to apartment owners who commit to keeping their buildings up to code and city standards. The last thing we want to see is are apartments operated by “slumlords” who take advantage of city and state tax incentives but create poor living conditions for their residents and neighbors.
I am strongly opposed to large, high-density developments. The residents have spoken loudly against HDD and we can build affordable housing without it being HDD. We need to incorporate affordable housing into every new development and create long-term sustainable solutions without impacting the residents’ quality of life.[/read]
Barbara Delgleize: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]Take advantage of state laws within market rate housing, give developers incentives within market rate projects integration inclusionary housing set aside. There are no plans for high density housing in our city at this time. Reuse of existing developments that under used. Local planning is better than being told by the state.[/read]
Darren Ellis: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]As much as I personally support affordable housing development built in our city, it appears that our infrastructure and safety personnel cannot support our current population. A majority of the residents of Huntington Beach do not want to see any more Hight Density Development built due to the congestion and impact on their quality of life. I would support Huntington Beach purchasing single family, 4 plexus and town homes that are in foreclosure or distressed sales; remodel them, and have these current dwellings added to inventory to be included in the Huntington Beach’s current “inclusionary Housing Program”.[/read]
Amory Hanson: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]I do not support development for private use, Only for public use.[/read]
Dan Kalmick: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]As a Planning Commission for the past 6 years I’ve voted to create multiple Affordable Housing (proper noun) opportunities within this City. The residents of Huntington Beach don’t want High Density Development, so we must work to amend the Zoning Code to create “attainable housing” in whatever unique design that takes, while trying to come into compliance with State housing law so that we don’t lose local building control. There is enough developable land and underutilized land in HB to create attainable housing opportunities, which would mean smaller homes on smaller lot sizes without densities of greater than 35 du / acre. But with land being the most expensive component, there are few opportunities to develop housing stock. With a potential change in the Boeing industrial area, any large redevelopment of that property must contain not only workforce housing but company housing for its employees.[/read]
Shayna Lathus:[read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]There is no easy solution to these problems. Homelessness and affordable housing is a complicated issue. First and foremost, I believe the city should work with county homelessness and housing groups to get these people off the street, particularly those that emphasize job training. The city should also work with local businesses, churches, motels, and other institutions to find additional beds and shelter.
Affordable housing are units that are roughly 30 percent or less of a family’s income. While the state’s economy is booming, people are still having trouble finding housing at this rate. Much of that has to do with a lack of inventory. We need to develop more housing stock and encourage development, and in a smart way that encourages walkability in our downtown core. Studies have shown in pilot cities that by doing so, cities can lower market rent significantly. [/read]
Billy O’Connell: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]Increase wages for working people. No.[/read]
2) Where do you stand on Regional Housing Needs Assessment issues?
Kim Carr: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]According to the RHNA we are short 2,000 housing units in HB, however this number is inflated and based on faulty data regarding our the city’s population growth. The city successfully fought the state on this requirement because we are a charter city, however we still need a housing plan that is consistent with the General Plan. I support the need for more homes in Huntington Beach but I do not support the state dictating to the city how many homes we need to build or penalizing the city for failing to do so.[/read]
Barbara Delgleize: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]It is a mandate given by State that all municipalities in CA must comply. Generally if a city makes a concerted effort to create affordable housing for low, very low in the past the state worked with that. Due to the shortage of housing in general the state is getting involved and again mandating when and where housing will or could be built. I prefer local control we owe it to our citizens to create the rules if possible.[/read]
Darren Ellis: [read more=”Read More” less=”Read Less”]I agree with the assessment that Huntington Beach has fallen short on its obligation to provide additional affordable housing inventory and I would vote in favor of the city acquiring more single family homes and multi-unit homes to build up its inventory for its low income residents.[/read]