Housing Developer Incentives 

In response to the lack of affordable housing in Placer County, our housing goal is to ensure that 10% of all units built in unincorporated Placer are affordable. The County has established incentives to encourage the development of affordable housing and other projects that meet community needs. Read below to find out more. 

If you have a project or are interested in learning more about planning a housing development, we would love to talk with you and explore the best options for you.

Housing Affordability 

 Affordable housing in a safe environment is essential to the health of our community. It allows individuals and families to live more stable lives while being able to afford basic needs, like food, clothing, medical care and transportation. For the details about housing affordability and Placer County’s Area Median Income (AMI), view these tables. Area Median Income (AMI)

Incentives for Affordable Housing Development

Developer Incentive Information & Requirements 
Density Bonus            A density bonus is the amount of unit increase allowed over the maximum allowable residential density set forth under the applicable zoning ordinance.
  
In order to be eligible for a density bonus or any other incentives, the project must meet specific requirements as set forth in Ca.Gov Code 65915. 

In addition to the density bonus to which an applicant may be entitled, an applicant may also submit a proposal for specific density bonus incentives as provided below:

      a. One density bonus incentive for projects that include at least ten (10) percent of the total units for lower income households, at least five percent for very low income households, or at least ten (10) percent for persons and families of moderate income in a condominium or planned development;

      b. Two density bonus incentives for projects that include at least twenty (20) percent of the total units for lower income households, at least ten (10) percent for very low income households, or at least twenty (20) percent for persons and families of moderate income in a condominium or planned development;

      c. Three density bonus incentives for projects that include at least thirty (30) percent of the total units for lower income households, at least twenty (20) percent for very low income households, or at least thirty (30) percent for persons and families of moderate income in a condominium or planned development.

Fee Waiver        The County may consider a deferral or waiver of certain development fees and/or building permit fees.
 
In the event an applicant contends that the application of a development standard has the effect of inhibiting the construction of a qualifying housing project, the applicant may apply for a waiver or modification of the development standard. It is the applicant’s responsibility to show that the waiver or modification is necessary in order to make the housing units economically feasible to construct.

Priority Processing   To reduce development costs for affordable housing, the applicant shall be notified whether the project qualifies for the requested additional density bonus and density bonus incentive(s) within thirty (30) days of the acceptance of the project land use permit application as complete. 

CEQA Affordable Housing Exemptions 

CEQA does not apply to any development project that meets this criteria.

2020 California Housing Legislation


​Over 200 bills were proposed by state legislators last year to tackle California's housing crisis, many of which passed. Below is a glance at the numerous bills being proposed in 2020.Unless otherwise noted, details are as of March 17, 2020.  Bills change as they go through hearings. For more information, use this link.
CAHousing Legislation 2020