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					COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

CITY OF DUBLIN

Community Development

HOUSING NEWSLETTER

January 2007

WHAT’S HAPPENING IN HOUSING At a Glance
City of Dublin Offers Loans to First Time Homebuyers

Inside this issue:
Tri-Valley Hsg. Opp. 2 Center Update December Housing Statistics
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The City is still accepting applications for the First Time Homebuyers Loan Program. In October 2006, the City kicked off this Program to assist people who wanted to purchase their first home in Dublin. As a silent second, the City will loan up to 10% for a market rate home, or up to 15% for a below market rate home. For more information, contact the Housing Division at (925) 833-6610.

Projects Update: 3 Roxbury Camellia Place The Groves The Willows Silvera Ranch Élan The Terraces RHNA Update
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TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHICH DEVELOPERS ARE ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR BMR UNITS: GO TO THE CITY’S WEB SITE AT WWW.CI.DUBLIN.CA.US • CLICK ON DEPARTMENTS • CLICK ON HOUSING • CLICK ON THE YELLOW BAR THAT READS “LOOK HERE FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING OPPORTUNITIES”

Housing Scorecard Progress on the Housing Element

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The City of Dublin hired John Lucero as its Housing Specialist. John has been involved in affordable housing and economic development in the Bay Area for many years. He established his community development career with Bank of America by developing an affordable lending program to address the affordable housing crisis in Santa Fe, NM. John served as a Nation Urban Fellow at the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency working on social urban issues. Most recently, John served as the Senior Deputy Director for Fannie Mae’s Bay Area Partnership Office. He currently serves on the Board of the San Francisco AIDS Housing Alliance, Advisory Board of Monterey County Housing Alliance, and is a co-founder of the Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center. Mr. Lucero has a B.A. in Business Administration from the College of Santa Fe and a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Baruch College.

The housing market has changed considerably during the last year. Look for the Housing Statistics on page 2 of this newsletter.

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THE TRI-VALLEY HOUSING OPPORTUNITY CENTER UPDATE
The Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center (the Center) has hired Jacqueline Rickman as the new Center Director. Jacqueline is a Certified Housing Educator/Trainer. Her experience includes technical assistance on housing counseling programs designed for targeted populations, marketing assistance, customized outreach assistance, class facilitation, pre-purchase counseling, loan prescreening and underwriting. The City is currently working with the Center to develop a Program to assist owners of Inclusionary Units in the re-sale of their property. The goal for this new program is to develop a list of people that have gone through the Center’s program and are pre-qualified and ready for homeownership in Dublin. The Center is located at 20 South L Street in Livermore. For more information about the Center, please call (925) 373-3930.

The Housing Committee met on January 18, 2007, to discuss Housing Goals & Objectives for Fiscal Year 2007-2008. The Committee’s next meeting will be on February 15, 2007.

HOUSING STATISTICS FOR DUBLIN According to the Bay East Association of Realtors
This snapshot in time compares statistics during the month of December in 2004, 2005, 2006: Median Sales Price Single Family Units 2006— $700,000 2005—$739,500 2004—$705,000 Condominium Units 2006—$535,000 2005—$570,000 2004—$533,500 21 20 22 47 26 14 20 24 26 30 16 14 Units Sold Average Days on Market

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ROXBURY AT GREENBRIAR
All of the eight 4-bedroom Below Market Rate townhomes at the Roxbury have been sold and are occupied. The final units were occupied in October 2006. The sale price of each unit was based on the income of the individual households and sold between $153,485 and $368,576. These units are Resale Restricted for 55 years from the date of the first sale. There are at least 4 people in each household.

Camellia Place has received final inspections for a major portion of the project. Tenants started moving in the week of January 22, 2007. Applications are being accepted until all of the units are occupied. Applications are available at City Hall or at the leasing office located at 5450 DeMarcus Boulevard. For more information on this project, call

CAMELLIA PLACE—EAH

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CALLING ALL SENIORS—55+
GREAT INCENTIVES ARE BEING OFFERED AT THE PINE & CEDAR GROVES AT DUBLIN RANCH:
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The Groves at Dublin Ranch
The Groves at Dublin Ranch include 930 condominium and rental units on 20+ acres. 292 of the units are affordable senior apartments and 243 are affordable multi-family units. Over 153 units have been occupied in the multi-family complex and 87 units in the senior complex. There are no pending applications for the senior complex at this time...so now is the perfect time to apply!
The Senior Podium is now complete. Amenities include hot tub, serenity garden and club house.

1ST MONTH’S RENT IS “FREE” NEW PODIUM IS OPEN WITH ELEVATORS TO ALL 4 FLOORS UNDERGROUND SECURED PARKING FREE CONCIERGE SERVICES ON-SITE ACTIVITY DIRECTOR FREE SHUTTLE TO DR. APPTS., SHOPPING AND SENIOR CENTER

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Call the leasing office at (925)

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24-HOUR VALLEY CARE SERVICES 829-2916 for more information

The Willows—Braddock and Logan
The Willows at San Ramon Village includes 55 townhomes at the corner of San Ramon Road and Alcosta Boulevard. This project consists of 7 affordable for-sale units (2 very-low, 1 low and 4 moderate income units). The application period closed on December 29, 2006. The Developer is now in the process of ranking the applications according to preference points and will start to pre-qualify the proposed buyers. The first 6 units are now available! The BMR units were previously models and have upgraded amenities such as crown molding and other features. The 3rd Phase is currently under construction.

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Silvera Ranch **The Manors**

Silvera Ranch has closed escrow on 2 of the first 5 BMR homes in Phase I of this project. The first families to occupy the 3-bedroom homes are both 3 person households. The homes sold between $339,000 and $363,000. There is one 3-bedroom and two 4-bedroom homes still available in the first Phase. There will be a total of 8 single family detached homes in addition to 11 attached townhomes out of a total of 254 units in 3 different neighborhoods. Pinn Brothers will re-open the application period in order to get enough applicants to occupy the remaining units. Interested parties may contact the sales office at (925) 551-4937.

ÉLAN—D. R. HORTON

Élan at Dublin Station, a 257-unit residential project by D.R. Horton, completed and closed escrow on its one BMR unit in the first Phase of the project. There will be 25 additional BMR units in future phases, but those phases are not expected to be occupied until the summer of 2007. D. R. Horton will re-open the application period and will hold another Community Meeting on February 5, 2007 at 6:30 p.m. in the Library Program Room. Applications will be accepted at the sales office until February 28, 2007. All of the Inclusionary Units are for moderate income households. Call 828-7707 for more information.

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Toll Brothers—The Terraces
Toll Brothers is in the process of prioritizing the applications according to preference points and getting pre-approval from a lender before forwarding the applications to the City for final approval. The City expects to review the applications in mid to late January 2007 and Toll Brothers expects to have applicants into contract by mid-February 2007. The sales price for the units in the 2nd Phase will be: 1 bedroom/1 bath—$265,200 to $270,300 2-bedroom/2-bath—$305,975 to $315,975 There are a total of 626 units at the Terraces, with 105 below market rate units for moderate households. The first 60 units (except for the models) were sold in the first Phase.

UPDATE ON REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ALLOCATION
Every 7 years the State of California Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) reviews population and employment trends to determine the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) number for the 9-county Bay Area region. In March 2007, the RHNA number will be released by HCD to the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) for distribution to all cities and counties within the region. ABAG is responsible for developing a methodology which will determine how the RHNA number is allocated to individual cities and counties. To assist with the development of a methodology, ABAG assembled a Housing Methodology Committee (HMC) comprised of elected officials, city and county members and stakeholder representatives. The HMC met monthly from May to December 2006. On January 18, 2007, ABAG presented the RHNA methodology to the ABAG Executive Board for adoption. The methodology includes the following 5 factors: 1) household growth; 2) existing employment; 3) employment growth; 4) household growth near transit; and 5) employment growth near transit. In addition to these 5 factors, the methodology also includes a formula for determining what percentage of the housing need will be set aside as affordable. The formula takes into consideration existing concentrations of poverty and assigns more affordable units to cities and counties that currently have less than their share of the region’s affordable housing. Following the March 2007 release of the RHNA number, ABAG will apply this methodology and by June 2007 Dublin should receive its allocations. A revisions and appeals period will follow with the final allocations being determined by June 2008.

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AFFORDABLE HOUSING SCORECARD - All of the City’s actions relative to a housing
commitment ultimately take shape in the number of affordable units entitled, permitted, under construction and/or occupied. The following chart graphically shows the depth of the City’s commitment in this area and our progress since 2000.
Changes from the last newsletter are printed in RED

Project Name Park Sierra Archstone (Iron Horse Trail Apartments) Braddock and Logan (The Willows) Senior Housing (Wicklow Square) Toll Brothers Villages Fairway Ranch (The Groves – Senior) Fairway Ranch (The Groves – Family) AMB Pinn Brothers (Tralee) EAH—Camellia Place D. R. Horton—Élan Pinn Bros. (Silvera Ranch) Greenbriar Phase III (Roxbury) Avalon Bay Fallon Village TOTAL
O=Occupied P=Permitted UC=Under Construction E=Entitled *The exact make up of affordable units in this development is still under negotiations.

Status

Total Units 283 177 55 54 1,396 322 304 304 233 112 257 254 108 305 1043 5,217

Total Affordable Units Occupied

Total Affordable Units 57 2 7

O O UC O UC/O UC/O UC/O E UC UC UC/O UC/O O E E

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53 59 63 113

53 105 292 243 30 29 111 26 19 8 30 130* 1,142

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Progress on the Housing Element Goals
Goal A: Goal B: Goal C: Goal D: Goal E: Goal F: To provide adequate sites to meet the City’s housing needs. Increase the availability of housing for low and moderate households. To conserve the existing stock of affordable rental housing. To preserve efficient use of the City’s existing housing stock. To promote equal housing opportunities for all Dublin residents. To provide short-term shelter for individuals and families without affordable housing.

The City of Dublin is making progress in completing these goals as follows: Changes from last newsletter listed in DARK BLUE
Goal A: Policy 2. To provide adequate sites to meet the City’s housing needs. Increase units produced in Dublin; increase sites appropriate for affordable housing and accessible to downtown. Policy 3. Require the development of lower-income housing.
Staff has been implementing the Inclusionary Ordinance by working with developers on Affordable Housing Agreements. Between May and August 2006, the Affordable Housing Agreement was executed with Avalon Bay. Toll Brothers, Area G, has sold 59 of the 105 required Inclusionary Units to moderate-income households. Three of the Inclusionary units have been re-sold to other moderate income households. Currently, 2 BMR units are up for resale. The developer has prioritized the applications according to preference points and has forwarded several applications to the City for review. Toll Brothers expects to start occupying the units in February 2007.

The City provided financial assistance to Eden Housing for the Wicklow Square senior apartments. Wicklow Square is 54 units on a half-acre site. This is high-density residential adjacent to City services at the Senior Center. Both are adjacent to commercial development in the City’s downtown. At this time, Wicklow Square is at 100% occupancy. Windstar has submitted an application for 210 condominiums at 6700 Golden Gate Drive in the West Dublin BART Specific Plan Area. The new condominiums would be located near the new West Dublin BART station.

Goal B: Policy 1.

To increase the availability of housing for low and moderate households. Promote development of affordable housing in Dublin.

Policy 7.

Encourage reduction of housing expenses through shared-living arrangements.

Camellia Place (E.A.H.) has completed the application process. Several applicants have moved in and more units are expected to be occupied in late January and early February 2007. The City participated in expediting the Plan Check process, assisting in document review for the financing sources, and allowing for the concentration of low- and very low-income units at the Transit Center to be in one location so that the developer could make use of financing opportunities for low- and very lowincome multi-family housing.

Through the Housing Needs Study, the feasibility of establishing a shared-living program in Dublin was evaluated. The Study indicated that residents did not find this was a highly needed program for the City.

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Progress on the Housing Element Goals—cont.
The Tri-Valley Housing Opportunity Center, a cooperative effort of the 5 Tri-Valley cities, continues to assist families in the Tri-Valley area. Eighteen orientation sessions have been held with over 400 clients attending. Seven First Time Homebuyer classes have been held, and 30 people have signed up to take the class in March 2007. There were 175 clients who received their Homebuyer Education Certificates for attending an 8-hour HUD certified class. In the first year, the Center assisted 34 families in achieving their dream of home ownership in the Tri-Valley. Goal C: To conserve the existing stock of affordable rental housing. Policy 1 . Preserve low-income housing. In 2005, the City Council approved a Condominium Conversion Ordinance. This Ordinance will help preserve rental units by restricting the number of units that can be converted to condominiums each year . Goal D: Policy 1. To preserve and increase the efficient use of the City’s existing housing stock. Encourage efficient use of existing housing stock; promote development of small units at low cost. Policy 2. Provide subsidies for housing rehabilitation. The City continues to provide a portion of allocated CDBG funds to the County of Alameda for the two housing rehabilitation programs; the Minor Repair, and the Major Housing Rehabilitation programs. During the 4th quarter there was one minor home repair, one Rehabilitation project and one Accessibility grant in process. There was also one Minor Home Repair on the waiting list. Goal E. To promote equal housing opportunities for all Dublin residents. Policy 2 . Encourage greater access to housing for persons with disabilities. The completion of Camellia Place with 112 units will have 4 units for extremely low-income disabled households. The City Council received a Staff Report on Universal Design on September 5, 2006, and requested that the Housing Committee review this issue. The Housing Committee met on September 21, 2006, and recommended that the City take no action at this time, but reevaluate the issue during the next Housing Element update. The City Council discussed the Housing Committee’s recommendation and directed Staff to set up a joint Study Session to further discuss the issue. The Study Session is scheduled to occur early this year. To provide short-term shelter for individuals and families without affordable housing. Policy 1. Encourage and facilitate emergency shelters and transitional housing for persons without permanent housing. The City continues to provide a portion of allocated CDBG funds toward financing the rehabilitation of the only Homeless Shelter in the Tri-Valley to offer accommodations to entire families. Policy 2. Support existing emergency shelter programs in the Tri-Valley area. The City continues to provide a portion of allocated CDBG funds to support services for the Tri-Valley Homeless Shelter and Domestic Violence Shelter for the Tri-Valley. Goal F:

Program D.1.1, providing financial assistance to construct second units on existing homes, was evaluated by the Housing Needs Study. The Study indicated that residents did not find that providing financial assistance for second units was a highly needed program for the City. However, in October 2005, the City Council approved an amendment to the Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance allowing garage conversions for second units. Program D.1.2. involves the general feasibility of developing additional housing units at Arroyo Vista. Staff has been meeting with Eden Housing and Citation Homes on developing a proposed agreement that would outline the requirements of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance. Once the agreement is complete, it will be brought before the Dublin Housing Authority for consideration.

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Community Development Department Housing Division (925) 833-6610
Dublin City Council Mayor Janet Lockhart Vice-Mayor Kasie Hildenbrand Councilmember Tony Oravetz Councilmember Tim Sbranti Councilmember Kate Ann Scholz

CITY STAFF
Richard C. Ambrose, City Manager Jeri Ram, Community Development Director John Lucero, Housing Specialist Gaylene Burkett, Housing Assistant


				
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