Countywide Inclusionary Housing Ordinance

The County of Santa Clara is proposing a Countywide Inclusionary Housing Ordinance that would apply to the development of three or more housing units in the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County (excluding Stanford University properties and incorporated cities). The proposed Ordinance would address the need for affordable housing within Santa Clara County by requiring that 16% of units within a new residential development of three or more units be dedicated as affordable housing units.

The proposed Inclusionary Housing requirements would not apply to residential developments that propose one or two new units, Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU), Junior Accessory Dwelling Units (JADU), Community Care facilities, or Agricultural Employee Housing projects.

Note: A fee option to cover a projects’ Inclusionary Housing requirement (3 or more units) is being proposed as part of this Ordinance. The estimated cost for this option is described in the August 27, 2020 Planning Commission staff report. An additional public hearing to consider the proposed fee option will also be considered at the Board of Supervisors October 3, 2020 hearing.



Community Outreach and Public Hearings

Community Outreach Meetings (May 26 and 28, 2020)

 Planning Commission (August 27, 2020)

Board of Supervisors (October 3, 2020)

Background Information:

In September of 2018 the County had adopted an Inclusionary Housing Ordinance and Affordable Housing Impact Fee for development within Stanford University as Phase I of this countywide effort. The approach for Phase II of this effort (current project) was presented to the Board of Supervisors on April 21st. Please see links below for the Board transmittal and minutes.


For information about this Ordinance and for future Inclusionary Housing efforts you can contact Valerie Negrete or Manira Sandhir and/or visit the Office of Supportive Housing.​​​​

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