Healdsburg moves forward with CAA-backed housing policies


The city of Healdsburg continues to move forward this year with CAA-supported policy solutions to address the community’s affordable housing needs.

In December, the Healdsburg City Council approved its new Rental Unit Rehabilitation Loan Program.

This program was the result of collaboration between the city and local housing providers, aimed at retaining and improving rental housing opportunities.

Through this program, rental owners will receive incentives for both moderating rent increases and improving their properties. When an owner agrees to limit rent increases at 3 percent annually for four years, that owner qualifies for matching funds to make improvements to his or her rental units. Participating owners receive a reimbursable, matching loan that’s forgivable at the end of four years, assuming the owner adheres to all aspects of the program.

To learn more about the Rental Unit Rehabilitation Loan Program, including eligible improvements and additional program details, click here or attend CAA’s North Bay meeting on March 16, where Karen Massey from the city of Healdsburg will speak about the program.

Additionally, the Healdsburg City Council recently passed an ordinance revising the standards for accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, to comply with a new state law. Among other things, the new ADU ordinance:

  • Allows garage conversions to ADUs
  • Eliminates parking requirements for ADUs
  • Provides more flexible development standards for ADUs, including height and setbacks.

For more information about accessory-dwelling units, please contact the Planning and Building Department at 707-431-3346 or by email at planning@ci.healdsburg.ca.us

CAA applauds the city of Healdsburg for working with our association and local housing providers to produce policies that will expand affordable housing opportunities for our community.

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