City’s affordable housing confab is back on the table

Big Bear, CA — The affordable housing debate continues Monday, March 28, at Big Bear Lake City Hall.

A joint meeting of the Big Bear Lake City Council and Planning Commission begins at 5 p.m. in Hofert Hall. It is a continuation of a workshop held Feb. 7. At issue is a proposed project slated for Sandalwood Drive in Big Bear Lake, along with the need for affordable housing in general. It’s a multi-faceted argument.

On one side is the city, which is mandated to meet regional housing needs established by the state. The Regional Housing Needs Assessment states the city must provide 193 affordable housing units by 2014.

On another side are the folks who aren’t opposed to affordable housing, but question the RHNA numbers and the location of certain projects as defined by city staff.

And still another side belongs to the developers who have been tapped by the city to build the projects. In progress is The Crossings on Knickerbocker Road, which is under construction. A second project was planned for Jeffries Road adjacent to Big Bear Middle School. That plan was nixed due to strong opposition and the need for additional subsidies from the city’s Improvement Agency to make it feasible. The third project is on Sandalwood Drive proposed by EAH Housing.

Read remainder of the story at Big Bear Grizzly


About Bob Voelker

Head of the Munsch Hardt (Dallas law firm) Hospitality & Mixed Use Development Group, and former developer of affordable housing. I'm i
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