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City of Healdsburg
Measure H Ordinance - Majority Approval Required

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Election Results

Passed

3,209 votes yes (68.23%)

1,494 votes no (31.77%)

100% of precincts reporting (5/5).

4,907 ballots counted.

Shall the City of Healdsburg's Growth Management Ordinance be amended to permit the currently allowed average of 50 units per year of multi-family, income-restricted rental housing, as authorized by the voters in 2018, to be offered either for rental or for sale?

What is this proposal?

Details — Official information

YES vote means

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the City of Healdsburg’s Growth Management Ordinance.

NO vote means

A “No” vote is a vote against amending the City of Healdsburg’s Growth Management Ordinance.

Impartial analysis / Proposal

Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

City Attorney’s Impartial Analysis of Measure H

The City of Healdsburg (“City”) City Council has placed Measure H on the ballot. Measure H seeks to amend the City’s Growth Management Ordinance (“GMO”) to allow housing units authorized by the voters in 2018 to be offered for sale, as well as for rent. Measure H would not authorize any additional units.

In 2000, the Healdsburg voters adopted the City’s GMO, which limited the number of building permits the City may issue to an average of 30 per year, not to exceed 90 in a three-year period. In 2018, the voters amended the GMO to allow the City to issue an additional 50 building permits per year, on average, to multi-family, income restricted rental units. The passage of Measure H would allow these 50 units per year, on average, to also be offered for sale. Again, Measure H would not authorize any additional units.

If approved, Measure H would allow the previously authorized units to be offered for sale or for rent. These units must be:

  • Multi-family; and
  • Subject to a deed restriction requiring that they be rented or sold only to households earning no more than 160% of the Sonoma County Area Median Income, adjusted for household size appropriate for the unit.

A “Yes” vote is a vote in favor of amending the City of Healdsburg’s Growth Management Ordinance as set forth above.

A “No” vote is a vote against amending the City of Healdsburg’s Growth Management Ordinance, as set forth above. If Measure H is not approved, the City’s existing GMO, including the additional multi-family, income restricted rental units authorized by the Healdsburg voters in 2018 would remain in effect.

Measure H will be approved if a simple majority of voters vote “yes”.

The above statement is an impartial analysis of Measure H. If you desire a copy of the ordinance, please call the City Clerk’s office at (707) 431-3323 and a copy will be mailed to you at no cost.

s/ Samantha W. Zutler
City Attorney

Published Arguments — Arguments for and against

Arguments FOR

Argument in Favor of Measure H

In November 2018 Healdsburg voters passed Measure P, which modified our Growth Management Ordinance to allow an average of 50 units of multi-family rental housing to be built per year. The units are required to be affordable for families whose incomes do not exceed 160% of Sonoma County’s median income.

In an effort to include more median-priced, multi-family units in future developments, Measure H seeks to allow the units approved in 2018 to be also offered for sale, as well as for rent. It does not increase the total number of units. The units must be offered at a price affordable for people who earn up to 160% of Sonoma County’s average median income (AMI) per year. Currently, a family of four earning between $111,950 and $149,280 annually would qualify. The units will be funded entirely by developers, requiring no taxpayer funding or funds designated for affordable housing.

With this measure, the City Council could require that median-priced residential units be included in proposed developments. The Council could also give local residents and employees preference in buying or renting the units. The units could only be used as primary residences, not as second homes.

Any buildings constructed with the multi-family allotment will still be subject to zoning regulations and design review, intended to ensure that they are appropriately located, attractive, and in scale with surrounding structures.

Measure H will help the City of Healdsburg address the housing needs of families, our workforce, and older adults wishing to downsize and continue to live in Healdsburg. It will make possible a mix of market rate, affordable, and middle-income housing in future for sale developments. It does so while keeping in place all of our current affordable housing programs.

HEALDSBURG CITY COUNCIL
s/ Leah Gold, Vice Mayor

HEALDSBURG CITY COUNCIL
s/ Shaun McCaffery, Council Member

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters

Arguments AGAINST

No argument was submitted against Measure H

— Source: Sonoma County Registrar of Voters
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