Downtown and Transit Oriented Zoning Update


In 2017, Governor Brown signed a 15-bill housing package aimed at addressing the state’s housing shortage and high housing costs. Specifically, it included the Building Homes and Jobs Act (SB 2, 2017), which established a $75 recording fee on real estate documents to increase the supply of affordable homes in California. HCD was authorized to provide up to $123 million under the SB 2 Planning Grants Program (PGP) from the Building Homes and Jobs Trust Fund for assistance to counties and cities related to the PGP.

A portion of this revenue is being used to provide funding and technical assistance to all local governments in California to help cities and counties prepare, adopt, and implement plans and process improvements that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production. Cloverdale qualified as a small city for this program, and as a result the City was awarded a maximum grant amount of $160,000.

SB 2 grant funding is intended to help cities and counties:

• Accelerate housing production

• Streamline the approval of housing development affordable to owner and renter households at all income levels

• Facilitate housing affordability, particularly for lower- and moderate-income households

• Promote development consistent with the State Planning Priorities (Government Code Section 65041.1)

• Ensure geographic equity in the distribution and expenditure of the funds

Activities funded by the grant must begin by June 30, 2020 and funds must be expended by June 30, 2022. The PGP allows for a range of activities that can be implemented and will accelerate housing production and streamline housing approvals.

Cloverdale Downtown Zoning Districts Update

City staff, together with Placeworks, have initiated the Cloverdale Downtown Zoning Districts Update to propose zoning code updates to support additional housing opportunities in the City’s walkable downtown, attract jobs and economic activity and enhance neighborhood services. The project will also capitalize on existing and future transit access (including the SMART train) while ensuring compatibility with the City’s small-town character.

The Downtown Zoning Districts Update will include an “Opportunity Sites Analysis” that will provide analysis of key developable parcels in the downtown districts and will inform zoning recommendations.

Below are documents associated with this project: 

1. Draft Findings Memo for Downtown Zoning and Transit Oriented Development Districts 

2. Opportunities Sites Map