Council Meeting: Affordable Housing Project Goes Forward

This meeting dealt with a new affordable housing complex on Olive Lane, to be built with redevelopment funds.

The Santee Wednesday night, and spent most of the meeting discussing details of the plan for a that was approved by the Council.

The meeting began with a proclamation affirming that Santee is a Tree City USA for the ninth year in a row. It means at least $2 per capita must be spent each year on a Community Forestry Program and an Arbor Day festival, the , must be held.

Then the Council approved the resolution designating certain City staff to submit the required documents necessary for the City to recoup about $545,000 of money spent to repair the that caved in this winter. San Diego County municipalities are eligible for Federal Emergency Funds to help repairs due to the heavy winter storms, and Santee is attempting to take advantage of these.

The longest portion of the meeting was spent going over the finer points of plans for building an .

The Council was quite concerned with the issue of not enough parking being provided on site. State law requires one parking spot per low income single bedroom unit, Santee code requires 1.5 spots. The complex that was approved by the council will be built short three spots (according to state law), with no guest spots, but with about 20 parking spots open on the on Via Zapador cul de sac.

Here's the situation: This redevelopment money must be spent on affordable housing, and must be spent assoon as possible, or the funds will likely be taken by the state in th near future.

"If we don't use it, we lose it to the State," said Councilmember .

Three existing single family homes will have to be removed from the property, to be replaced by the more efficient housing.

When it came down to it, the half hour spent debating the parking issue came to no real resolution, but the Council had to take a vote. The vote was 4-1, with voting against the resolution. The need to get this project going outweighed any Council doubts about parking.

Finally, the Council announced that they had appointed , School Board candidate, SPARC member and local , to the Community Oriented Policing Committee, the seat that Councilmember had to give up in order to sit on the Council.

DANIEL T STILLSON March 14, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Affordable housing complex is just going to brings in more crime for Santee and Santee Sharifs all ready have to babysit the affordable housing people here now, Why add more problems to this city. I say no to Government Affordable housing
Staci A. September 18, 2012 at 09:01 PM
That is a pretty ignorant statement Daniel. I don't think that affordable housing correlates to a raise in crime rate. I am a single mother of two with a college degree and have a hard time affording housing in San Diego County. Affordable housing allows me to be able to afford a place AND take care of my children appropriately. Are you aware of all of the affordable housing communities in the Poway, Scripps Ranch and Carmel Mountain communities? I do not believe that has either increased their crime rate OR deterred people from moving into their communities. I do not believe it has affected the school systems up there either. I really encourage you to educate yourself on the effects of government affordable housing before you start profiling the people (mostly families) who are residing in them.
Joe Spencer September 18, 2012 at 09:35 PM
His education should start with grammar....what the heck is a Sharif??
Chris September 18, 2012 at 10:29 PM
Omar Sharif was apparently a Santee babysitter.
Earlene December 26, 2012 at 11:39 PM
Oh, my goodness...........(sigh). One of my mottos: "Education does wonders!"


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