How SB’s Latest Rental Progress Scheme Could Remake Downtown into a Canyon of Tall Properties

By Jerry Roberts of Newsmakers

Sheila Lodge wrote the reserve — basically — about the record of preparing policy in Santa Barbara, and she won’t mince phrases about the latest brilliant plan in advance of Metropolis Council to handle our alleged “housing disaster.”

The proposal, tagged with the beguiling name “Floor Place Ratio” (Far), claims the longtime Arranging Commissioner and former Mayor, “must be dropped.”

Plan wonk, urban setting up creator and Pearl Chase successor, Commissioner Lodge responded in a Newsmakers interview to the recent City Corridor discussion in excess of Far, an abstruse but vastly consequential idea to spur building of rental housing, being pushed by architects, builders and a several professional-growth council customers.

As Josh Molina and Nick Welsh each have documented, the discussion has been set on maintain pending a ….wait around for it…new consultant’s report about solutions for where by and how to develop flats and condos that the middle course – consider instructors, cops and firefighters – basically can pay for.

Sheila, wielding True Specifics, figures and the fundamentals of provide and need, not to point out the laws of arithmetic, can make a persuasive case that substituting this sort of a method — in which building dimensions replaces the selection of models as the key criteria in acceptance of multi-device developments – not only would are unsuccessful to satisfy the goals of churning out “cost-effective” housing but also pave the way for 60-foot structures that may possibly sign the conclusion of Santa Barbara’s exceptional and very carefully curated smaller city attraction, design and style and aesthetic.

In our conversation, Lodge details to Santa Barbara’s large construction fees — 3 times the statewide for each square foot common — presents a exact and favorable accounting of the present-day professional-rental enhancement coverage — that’s the AUD, not the ADU, for people making an attempt to continue to keep their acronyms straight — and presents historical standpoint of how the city’s housing discussion has been underway for in excess of a century — her slender but indispensable quantity “Santa Barbara: An Uncommonplace American Town/How Thoughtful Preparing Shaped a City” should be essential looking through for any person sensation the need to have to opine publicly on the difficulty.

Alongside the way, she also offers some intriguing political observations — including her endorsements for Mayor and Council (spoiler notify: it is Randy and Kristen).

Check out our conversation with Sheila Lodge by using YouTube below or by clicking via this website link. The podcast edition is below.

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