A report filed by Calistoga with the state shows that the city has exceeded its share of regional housing needs, separating it from the county’s other cities and contrary to a previous story that ran in The Weekly Calistogan on March 1 (“Napa County and its cities miss state affordable housing targets”).
“The annual report to be filed by the City of Calistoga with the California Department of Housing and Community Development this month (after City Council review on March 20) will show that, in fact, Calistoga has exceeded its share of regional housing needs, based on building permits issued between Jan. 31, 2015 and Dec. 31, 2017,” said Lynn Goldberg, planning and building director.
Calistoga has mostly met and exceeded the regional housing needs in the 8-year plan in all categories. It exceeded in the income categories of Very Low (31 to 50 percent of Area Median Income, or AMI), Low (51 to 80 percent AMI) and Above Moderate (greater than 120 percent of AMI). One more unit in the Moderate (81 to 120 percent AMI) is needed to meet the requirements, according to Goldberg’s documentation.
“Calistoga (along with all of the Bay Area’s cities) are only three years into the 8-year planning period that ends January 2023, and the eye-catching numbers were based on only two years of reporting,” Goldberg said.
“The recently-approved Calistoga Vista project will add 50 multi-family units to the city’s housing stock, including eight low-income, restricted occupancy units. Additionally, a building permit about to be issued will add one moderate-income unit, resulting in all income category targets being met for the 8-year period,” she said.
And a 30-unit apartment complex on lower Washington Street is accepting applications and will be ready for occupancy soon.