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Housing & Homelessness Committee

Send Demands to:
Councilmember Erin Edwards
Councilmember Andy Melendrez
Councilmember Gaby Plascencia

Sample Demands:

City council members, I demand that you serve the interests of the people of Riverside, not the greedy developers. Along with the Riverside community and local activist groups, I propose the following:

  • Explore recent legislation that would provide zoning flexibility like SB 330 “Housing Crisis Act” to address limitations in broad swaths of Ward 4


  • Need to move past density being equated to affordable housing. This is using the state's density descriptor of affordability.  After the opportunity sites zoning, the city creates policies and selects priority projects that lead to permanent affordability housing like co ops, community land trust. 

  • Look for funding (including from city budget) to go to RTA for as many lines as possible at 15 minute service or better. Additional stops would be the secondary ask. Create frequent service on more transportation corridors throughout the city that can open for more RHNA zoning throughout the city

  • Eliminate single family zoning, we are running out of space as our population grows!

  • Strengthen a rent control ordinance far beyond Costa-Hawkins:

  • We need the city to play an active role for its residents to build community wealth that translates to permanent affordability housing projects (co-ops, community land trust, condos and etc).

  • The city needs to incentivize and remove barriers for housing zoning and development.

  • To make sure houses get built, incentivize developers by lowering fees for on site construction and increasing fees for off site construction. 

  • Stop concentration of poverty—mixed-income housing/inclusionary zoning is the best approach, 75% market rate and 25% affordable requirement should be the standard.

  • Existing warehousing and logistics regulation to protect residential and public spaces from negative effects of industrial uses don’t go far enough - the setback standards for warehouses and logistics abutting residential zones and public facilities aren’t even 300 feet - a good standard would be 1,000 feet.

  • Use CalEnviroScreen to map Environmental Justice communities and consider zoning overlays to prevent future industrial uses in these communities and protect the residents from further degradation of air quality and built environment.

    Demands from Inland Equity Partnership & Center For Community Action & Environmental Justice.

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