Building Affordable Housing
About Building Affordable Housing in Chula Vista
Building affordable housing today in any city in California is an economically challenging endeavor that requires true public-private partnerships to overcome market forces. The Redevelopment Agency & Housing Authority is a proactive partner in the creation of new affordable housing in Chula Vista, working closely with lenders, developers, nonprofits, state and federal agencies, and tenants and buyers to secure land, financing, entitlements, and occupancy of new developments. The Redevelopment Agency & Housing Authority also plays a lead role in coordinating with other City Departments to implement local and state affordable housing policies, including Chula Vista’s Balanced Communities Affordable Housing Policy and the state’s Residential Desnity Bonus Law.
Affordable Housing Review Application
The Redevelopment Agency & Housing Authority provides loans at favorable terms for acquisition, rehabilitation, and new construction of affordable rental housing. The City also provides technical assistance and predevelopment funds to eligible nonprofit housing developers.
For those interested in submitting an application to the City for an affordable housing development and financial assistance, please contact:
Leilani Hines, Principal Project Coordinator
Redevelopment Agency & Housing Authority
City of Chula Vista
276 Fourth Avenue
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Balanced Communities Affordable Housing Policy
The City’s Balanced Communities Affordable Housing Policy requires ten percent (10%) of all new residential developments of fifty (50) units or more to be affordable to low- and moderate-income households. The goals of the Policy are to: (1) Produce affordable housing so that Chula Vista residents and persons working within the City can afford to purchase or rent decent housing; (2) Provide for low- and moderate-income housing to meet existing and anticipated future employment needs of the City; and (3) Help distribute low- and moderate-income households throughout the City. For policy guidelines please click here.
For more information about this Policy and its implementation, please contact Housing staff at (619) 691-5047.
Residential Density Bonus Law
State law (Government Code §65915) permits a developer of a residential project of five or more units to request that the project be granted either a minimum 25 percent density increase over the otherwise maximum residential density (unless a lesser percentage is elected by the developer), and provide at least one additional regulatory concession or incentive (unless it finds the additional incentive unnecessary) or other incentives of equal financial value based upon land cost per dwelling for the purpose of providing affordable housing for very low-income or low-income households or for qualifying (senior) residents. State law (§65915.5) also permits a developer proposing to convert apartments to condominiums, to request that the project be granted a minimum 25 percent density bonus or other incentives of equal financial value based upon land cost per dwelling, in exchange for reserving a specific percentage of the converted condominium units for lower or moderate income households.
Redevelopment & Housing is in the process of developing an ordinance that would establish procedures for implementing the Density Bonus Program. Updated information about the proposed ordinance will be posted on this web site as it becomes available. For more information about the Density Bonus Law and its implementation, please contact Redevelopment & Housing staff at (619) 691-5047.