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THE CITY OF <br /> " CITY COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT 7 <br /> pLEASANTON. <br /> August 20, 2019 <br /> Community Development <br /> TITLE: ADOPT A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE SUBMITTAL OF AN <br /> APPLICATION FOR, AND RECEIPT OF, SB 2 PLANNING GRANT FUNDS <br /> FROM THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING AND <br /> COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT <br /> SUMMARY <br /> In 2017, the State Legislature passed Senate Bill 2 (SB 2) which established a <br /> permanent source of funding intended to facilitate the production of housing in <br /> California; the funding is derived from a new fee imposed on document recordations <br /> associated with property transfers. Half of the first year's revenue was assigned to the <br /> Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to establish a program that <br /> provides financial and technical assistance to local governments to facilitate production <br /> of housing. <br /> The program, titled the Planning Grants Program (PGP), provides a one-time, <br /> noncompetitive grant to local governments to update a variety of qualifying planning <br /> documents and processes. Available PGP funding is based on community size, with <br /> Pleasanton and other similarly-sized cities eligible for up to $310,000 in grant funds. <br /> HCD has published a Notice of Funding Availability, which requires eligible cities to file <br /> an application with HCD by November 30, 2019. The grant procedures require <br /> authorization from the City Council for the City Manager or their designee to submit the <br /> PGP application. Staff intends to submit an application that includes two major <br /> components that are well-aligned with the program goals: 1) Development of objective <br /> design standards for residential uses, consistent with those required for housing project <br /> review under SB 35 and other recent State mandates and 2) Improvements to the City's <br /> electronic permitting and plan check system, to expedite submittal and approval of <br /> building and other permits. <br /> RECOMMENDATION <br /> Adopt the attached resolution authorizing the City Manager, or his designee, to submit a <br /> 2019 PGP grant application as described in the Planning Grants Program Notice of <br /> Funding Availability and SB 2 PGP Guidelines released by HCD for the PGP Program. <br /> FINANCIAL STATEMENT <br /> There is no impact to the Pleasanton General Fund. The City expects to receive <br /> $310,000 in funding from HCD through the PGP. <br />