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HCD Announces Approximately $123 Million Available for SB 2 Planning Grants

Workshops Available for Application Assistance

April 15, 2019
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has released the SB 2 Planning Grants Program Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for approximately $123 million.
 
The Planning Grants Program (PGP) provides one-time, over-the-counter (OTC) grants to local governments to update a variety of planning documents and processes that streamline housing approvals and accelerate housing production.
 
OTC applications will be accepted for an eight-month period ending on Nov. 30.
 
As part of the PGP, HCD, in coordination with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, will work with a team led by Placeworks to provide local technical assistance (TA) to applicants throughout the application period. The TA team will work closely with regions, sub-regions, and counties to help jurisdictions identify activities and provide tools that will 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 
HCD will hold workshops and a webinar to review the PGP NOFA and application, and will be conducting technical assistance to aid applicants throughout the OTC period. For a list of dates, times, and locations for the workshops as well as information on technical assistance, please visit HCD’s SB 2 Planning Grants webpage.
 
Workshop Dates and Registration
 
Sacramento
April 10 from 1 – 4 p.m.
CA Department of Housing and Community Development, 2020 West El Camino Avenue, Sacramento, CA 95833 in Room 402 
Register
 
Redding
April 11 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Redding City Hall, 777 Cypress Avenue, Redding, CA 96001 in City Council Chambers 
Register
 
Los Angeles
April 25 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Southern California Association of Governments, 900 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1700, Los Angeles, CA 90017 in the Regional Council Room 
Register
 
HCD Webinar
May 1 from 1 – 4 p.m.
Register
 
PGP applications and forms are available on the HCD’s website. Please refer to the PGP Guidelines for detailed information on eligible activities, applicants, and awards. If you have questions regarding this NOFA, please email the HCD at sb2planninggrant@hcd.ca.gov.
 
The League is also hosting an SB2 Planning Grants Webinar on April 17, to inform how your city can begin applying for noncompetitive planning grants and how your city can receive technical assistance.


 
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