Originally published at 5 a.m. Oct. 8.
Ordinances allowing homeless shelters and 30-unit-per-acre apartment complexes are among the items Murrieta City Council is set to consider tonight.
Council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday at City Hall, One Town Square, for the final public hearing before the city’s eight-year plan to meet state affordable housing guidelines is submitted.
The City of Murrieta’s Housing Element 2014-2021
requires a number of zoning changes and code amendments to fulfill the
requirements set out by the State Department of Housing and Community
Murrieta needs to allow for emergency and transitional housing
that temporarily provides services for homeless people or those
transitioning from a homeless situation, according to a city staff
report. Currently, city code allows these as conditionally permitted
The new city code will allow shelters for up to 30
overnight occupants per site, which can not be located within 300 feet
of another, nor within 1,000 feet of parks, schools, day care
facilities, businesses that sell alcohol or the residences of
probationers or parolees.
Also, to meet its obligation of
offering housing for those with very low, low and moderate income
levels, the city was required to identify and accordingly rezone areas
that can accommodate a minimum of 30 multifamily dwelling units per
acre—in zoning terms, Multi-Family-3 (MF-3).
It was determined
that Murrieta needs to zone for 289 housing units for residents with
moderate incomes; 262 for those with low incomes; and 395 for those who
fall in the very low income-earners bracket. The income levels were
determined using the city’s 2010 census data.
conducted an extensive evaluation on appropriate properties to designate
at this new threshold density and ultimately determined to re-zone
three properties owned by the Murrieta Housing Authority (formerly the
Redevelopment Agency) and to establish a transit oriented development
overlay district,” City Planner Cynthia Kinser wrote in the staff
One of the Murrieta Housing Authority properties that
will be rezoned to Village Residential Multi-Family-3, or VRM-3, is
located on six acres on Adams Avenue, north of Ivy Street. Because the
property falls in the Historic Downtown Murrieta Specific Plan, the
rezoning to allow a minimum of 30 residential units per acre—approved by
the Historic Advisory Ad Hoc Committee during a meeting held Sept.
10—must be noted with an amendment.
Another two properties
owned by the Murrieta Housing Authority on the west side of Jefferson
Avenue, north of Murrieta Hot Springs Road, will be rezoned to MF-3.
for the transit overlay district, it is 374 acres between Los Alamos
Road to the north, Jefferson Avenue to the west, Vista Murrieta and
Hancock to the east, and just north of Guava and Murrieta Hot Springs
Road to the south. The current zoning in that area is office and
commercial, but it will be rezoned to MF-3. Kinser stated that the
preferable use for the transit overlay district—urban-scale
development that encourages pedestrian activity—would be mixed, with
commercial/office uses on the first floor of future buildings. Upper
floors would be residential units.
The city does not construct the dwellings, but may subsidize the developments by waiving permit fees.
hearings regarding the Housing Element 2014-2021 were held in February
and September before the Planning Commission, and in March before the