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Has Your City Applied for an SB 2 Planning Grant?

Resources are Still Available!

October 7, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released the SB 2 Planning Grants Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $123 million in March 2019.
 
The Planning Grants Program provides one-time, non-competitive grants to local governments to update a variety of planning documents and processes that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.
 
Funding is available for:
  • Targeted General Plan Updates
  • Community Plans and Specific Plans
  • Zoning Updates and By-Right Zoning for Housing
  • Objective Design Standards
  • Accessory Dwelling Unit Regulations
  • Streamlined Environmental Analyses
  • Process Updates to Improve and Expedite Local Permitting 
If your city has not yet applied for a SB 2 Planning Grant, it is not too late. Cities and counties can apply to HCD for non-competitive grants and receive up to $625,000, depending on the population of your city. View your city’s available funding level here: Maximum Grant Amounts Based on Population. Jurisdictions have until Nov. 30 to apply.
 
To help your city secure a SB 2 Planning Grant, The Institute for Local Government (ILG) and PlaceWorks are available to assist your city. HCD, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), is working with a team led by PlaceWorks, Inc. to provide technical assistance. There are regional representatives throughout the state that are available to help you identify activities and provide best-practice tools to help accelerate much needed housing production.
 
Your technical assistant regional liaison can answer any questions and help you with eligibility, draft grant applications, implementing the priority policy areas and more. To contact your technical assistance regional liaison directly, find their contact information on the SB 2 Planning Grants Technical Assistance Website or email HCD at sb2planninggrant@hcd.ca.gov.
 
Member Survey
 
As part of the SB 2 Planning Grant Program Technical Assistance, ILG and our partners are seeking information about which agencies are applying for SB2 funding. This will help ensure that all qualifying agencies are getting the information and technical assistance necessary to help plan and prepare for housing in their communities. Please take this quick survey.
 
For more information, contact Karalee Browne, Manager, Sustainability Program, ILG.
 
Additional SB 2 Planning Grant Resources


 
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