Policy

Mayor’s Affordable Housing and Livable Neighborhoods Advisory Group Final Report – November 2018

 

The Coalition aims to educate the community and policy makers, organize stakeholders and to highlight the connections between income-appropriate housing and quality health care, public safety, education, economic development and local government services in Santa Fe County. SFHAC is currently focused on the following policy priorities:

 

  • Update the City of Santa Fe HOMES inclusionary zoning program to help spur the building of more income-appropriate rental units in new market-rate developments.

 

  • Promote the development of new affordable housing development through the identification and donation of City-owned parcels and provision of municipal support for their construction.

 

  • Extend the Midtown LINC zoning enhancements to other areas of the city as a way to incentivize new housing development, particularly affordable housing, through expedited and simplified land use review and other financial incentives.

 

  • Promote changes to City land use code to promote higher density infill subdivisions for single-family homes and more land zoned for multi-unit rental housing.

 

  • Streamline the City’s development review process and upgrade current community engagement practices to include more voices from more diverse stakeholders.

 

  • Amend City land use code to remove obstacles to adding casitas and accessory dwelling units to existing homes.

 

  • Promote permanent funding of at least $3 million a year for the City’s Affordable Housing Trust Fund to address a range of housing needs from homelessness through foreclosure.

 

  • Fund and support reinstatement of a tenant hotline to assist tenants in accessing resources and information about their rights under state and federal laws.

 

  • Identify new funding sources for affordable housing through Community Development Financial Institutions and other funding mechanisms

 

  • Work regionally in Northern Santa Fe County and up to Los Alamos County to address demand for housing by local workers.