Senator Patricia Bates (R-Laguna Niguel) has announced that the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has awarded planning grants to the cities of Aliso Viejo ($160,000), Dana Point ($160,000), and Rancho Santa Margarita ($25,000) to help create more housing supply.
“I am pleased that the California Department of Housing and Community Development has awarded grants to three cities in my district to encourage more housing production,” said Senator Bates, a member of the Senate Housing Committee. “The difficulty of finding affordable housing is a major challenge for many Californians. I will continue to do what I can to ensure every community receives its fair share of resources from state housing programs.”
Funding for the state grants comes from the SB 2 (2017) Planning Grants Program. The program’s purpose is to provide funding and technical assistance to local governments to help them implement plans that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. The grants will help the cities examine the rezoning of available parcels, create objective design standards for multi-family housing projects, develop applicable Municipal Code regulations, and conduct other activities as allowed under the law.