City Begins Implementing Farmworker Housing Action Plan

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News Date: 
March 20, 2019
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In recent weeks, the City has started implementing short term goals of the Farmworker Housing Action Plan – an Action Plan derived from the City initiated Farmworker Housing Study for the Salinas and Pajaro Valleys. Most notably, the City passed a Zoning Code Amendment that allows hotels and motels to temporarily house workforce employees for beyond 28 days – the current limit on transient occupancy stays. The amendment takes compatibility with nearby neighborhoods, parking, outdoor activity and transportation requirements into account, thus minimizing impacts to nearby residential areas.

This is a temporary solution that addresses resident concerns including renters being displaced due to residential units being used as workforce housing, and the Zoning Code Amendment addresses the need for an immediate solution to provide safe, decent emergency workforce housing. This amendment was discussed and developed by a group convened by Mayor Joe Gunter and includes representatives from agricultural labor contracting companies, growers, and local housing advocates. While this amendment addresses these issues temporarily, Community Development Staff will begin developing a more comprehensive ordinance addressing challenges such as building code requirements, zoning, and ensuring transient occupancy taxes.