Affordable Housing Ordinance
The purpose of the City's Affordable Housing Ordinance (Title 18, Division 1, Part 6, Chapter 18.155, of the City's Municipal Code) is to foster an adequate supply of housing for all persons at all economic levels, thereby ensuring the preservation of an economically balanced community. Please see the following links:
In response to the direction given from the Fremont City Council to update the City’s Affordable Housing Ordinance, City staff recently commissioned a Nexus Study to inform the decision-making process. The City retained the services of Keyser Marston Associates (KMA) to prepare the Nexus Study and an accompanying Financial Feasibility Study. KMA also prepared a separate Market Update Memo evaluating market trends during the COVID-19 pandemic. The draft studies, the memo, and a comparison table are available below:
Public MeetingsThe City has hosted the following public meetings regarding the update to the Affordable Housing Ordinance:
- October 29, 2020 - The City hosted a virtual stakeholder meeting to gather input on these documents.
- December 10, 202 - A public work session was held with the City's Planning Commission.
- February 2, 2021 - The Fremont City Council heard a presentation on the Affordable Housing Nexus Study and the Financial Feasibility Study and were asked to provide input on several policy questions.
- July 21, 2021 - The City hosted a virtual stakeholder meeting to present the draft update of the ordinance. A recording of the meeting and the presentation slides are available below:
- August 26, 2021 - The City presented the draft update of the ordinance to the City's Planning Commission. Proposed revisions to the updated ordinance include:
- adjusting the affordable housing inclusionary requirement percentages for both for-sale and rental residential developments,
- increasing the affordable housing “in-lieu” fee levels for single family home and townhome developments to $44 per square foot,
- maintaining existing affordable housing in-lieu fee levels for rental unit developments, and
- simplifying and clarifying the ordinance.
The Planning Commission considered the proposed revisions and unanimously recommended their approval by the Fremont City Council, with the following exception: they recommended an affordable housing in-lieu fee of $50 per square foot for single family home and townhome developments.
- October 12, 2021 - City staff presented the draft ordinance with the Planning Commission's recommendation to the City Council for adoption at their regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday, October 12. The City Council voted 5-2 to approve the City’s update. The major revisions included in the update and next steps are summarized in this City News article.