City Council Agenda 1/14/20: Affordable Housing & Flavored Tobacco Products
2020 sees the beginning of a new Council year that will be under the direction of Mayor Christina Shea and Mayor Pro Tem Michael Carroll. The first City Council meeting of 2020 is tomorrow, January 14th at City Hall. View the meeting agenda HERE. Below are a few agenda items that may be of interest.
60-unit affordable housing complex to be built in the Irvine Business Complex. The developer proposes to purchase 17861 Cartwright Road and construct an apartment community with city financial assistance. The 1, 2 & 3 bedroom units will have permanent affordability. Rental rates are restricted to extremely low, very low and low-income households. The proposed Affordable Housing Agreement requires the developer to repay the city loan within 55 years. See Staff Report for project details.
ITEM 5.2 CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST BY MAYOR SHEA AND MAYOR PRO TEMPORE CARROLL TO ADOPT A RESOLUTION OPPOSING THE MODIFIED REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY
Resolution opposing the modified Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation methodology approved by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) regional council and requesting the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) intervention. Mayor Shea and Mayor Pro Tem Carroll are introducing a resolution opposing the RHNA allocation methodology used by SCAG. RHNA allocation is important because the California State housing law requires that each city and county plan for existing and future housing needs as represented by its RHNA allocation. Per the resolution, the modified allocation methodology “poses an inequitable and unfair hardship on our city and many other OC jurisdictions.” Mayor Pro Tem Carroll serves as our city representative on the SCAG regional council. Read more HERE.
ITEM 5.3 CONSIDERATION OF A REQUEST BY MAYOR SHEA AND COUNCILMEMBER KHAN TO ADOPT AN ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS PROHIBITING THE SALE AND USE OF FLAVORED TOBACCO PRODUCTS
Ordinance establishing regulations prohibiting the sale and use of flavored tobacco products. Mayor Shea and Councilmember Khan requested city staff to prepare a draft ordinance to specifically ban flavored tobacco products. Flavored tobacco bans exist in Burbank, Beverly Hills, and other cities and counties. The ordinance prohibits all flavored tobacco products, including those consumed through vaping devices. It allows for the confiscation of illegal electronic smoking devices and tobacco products from minors with the opportunity for minors to participate in a tobacco diversion program for first time offenders. See the Staff Report for more details.