Pasadena Progressive's Discussion Group Zeroes in on Plan Requiring Developers to Include More Affordable Housing in Projects

Published : Thursday, August 15, 2019 | 4:58 AM

Jill Shook, Chair of Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG), and the author of “Making Housing Happen: Faith Based Affordable Housing Models,” and Phil Burns, certified City Planner and Principal at the Arroyo Group.

Pasadena’s Progressive Discussion Group will discuss the need for more affordable housing in Pasadena on Friday, August 16, 9 to 10 a.m. at Du-par’s Restaurant Back Sun Room, located at 214 S. Lake Avenue.

Apart from discussing the problem, the panel will talk about a proposed solution: to require developers to include more affordable housing units in future projects.

The panel discussion comes ahead of a report by the Pasadena Planning Commission and City staff to the City Council on Monday, August 19, where they are expected to present recommendations to amend the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance to create more affordable housing units for very low, low, and moderate income families making between $36,600 and $88,100.

The recommendations include increasing the base quantity of affordable units in new developments from the current 15 percent to 20 percent for very low-, low- and moderate-income families; expediting the processing of concessions to developers in exchange for building 25 percent affordable units; eliminating “trade-downs” which reduce the overall quantity of affordable units; and increasing the in-lieu fee developers pay so more units are built on-site.

Panelists include Jill Shook, Chair of Greater Pasadena Affordable Housing Group (GPAHG), and the author of “Making Housing Happen: Faith Based Affordable Housing Models,” and Phil Burns, certified City Planner and Principal at the Arroyo Group.

Shook has organized the community and worked with City staff and Council members for over 20 twenty years to create more affordable housing.

Burns led project teams that created plans and zoning ordinances in cities such as Glendora, Claremont and Inglewood.

The discussion will be moderated by Ed Washatka, member of Pasadenans Organizing for Progress (POP!) and ACT/Arroyo Democratic Club.

For more information, email Ed Washatka at ed.washatka@gmail.com, or Ron Garber, Program Chair at ronagarber@yahoo.com.

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