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Mobilehome Park Protection/Conversion Policy & Ordinance Update

The City Council has directed staff to research and recommend possible amendments to the General Plan and Zoning Code, as well as other policy proposals that could further the protection of mobilehome parks in the City of San José. Current Goals, Policies, and Actions in the General Plan, and provisions in the Zoning Code, offer some level of protection of existing mobilehome parks from conversion to other uses. The City Council now seeks to strengthen the City's policies and regulations for the preservation of an adequate supply of mobilehomes as housing that can be affordable to residents in the City, taking into consideration that such housing is not subsidized deed restricted affordable housing. Please check back regularly as City staff will post meeting notifications and updates on this webpage over the coming months.

July 6, 2016

The Housing Department is moving forward with a workplan that will develop an Opt-In/Stay in Business proposal per the San José City Council's direction. The Housing Department will begin the process by selecting an Advisory Committee consisting of seven mobilehome residents and seven mobilehome park owners.  The Advisory Committee will not make any decisions but will help to develop the proposal.  The public, including mobilehome residents and mobilehome park owners, will have an opportunity to provide feedback and to recommend changes before the Opt-In/Stay in Business proposal is brought to the City Council for consideration.  An application process for a seat on the Advisory Committee is anticipated to open in mid to late July.  The Housing Department will publish further details on this webpage in mid-July.  Background information and an initial workplan on the Opt-In/Stay in Business proposal can be found on the June 9, 2016 Housing & Community Development Commission Agenda.  Updates on the workplan will be posted in mid-July once the recruitment for the Advisory Committee begins. 

Please contact Adam Marcus at 408-975-4451, or email if you have any questions.

May 31, 2016

The "Opt-In/Stay-In-Business" concept proposes that park owners agree to keep their parks open for a period of time in exchange for financial incentives.  The City of San José hosted four stakeholder meetings in late 2015 and early 2016.  In February, the City Council directed the Housing Department to continue the dialogue in hopes of finding a compromise solution. The Housing Department is seeking public comment on the "Opt-In/Stay-In-Business" workplan at the following meeting:

Housing and Community Development Commission (HCDC)
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 5:45 pm

San José City Hall - Wing Rooms
200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
Validated parking available - (Park under City Hall)

If you would like to submit comments in writing or have questions, please contact Adam Marcus at or 408-975-4451.

 Date Time Location Group Purpose

   1/9/16

 9:00-10:30 AM  Tully Library - CANCELED CANCELED  CANCELED
1/11/16 1:30-3:30 PM San Jose City Hall - Wing 119-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 
Public Draft Council Policy
1/13/16 6:30 PM  San Jose City Hall - Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 
Planning Commission
Items 5, 6a & 7 to be heard together
 
(Meeting may be continued on 1/27/16)
Draft General Plan Text Amendment
Draft Council Policy
Draft Zoning Code Amendments
1/14/16 5:45 PM  San Jose City Hall - Wing 118-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 
Housing & Community
Development Commission
Draft Council Policy
Draft Zoning Code Amendments
Opt-In/Stay In Business
1/25/16 1:30 PM  San Jose City Hall - Wing 118-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 
 Community & Economic Development Committee  Opt-In/Stay in Business
2/9/16
Deferred to 2/23/16
1:30 PM  San Jose City Hall - Council Chambers
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113 
 City Council
See the 2/23/16 Council
Agenda (items 4.2, 4.3,
10.2) for Reports,
Supplemental Memos and
other correspondence
 6/9/16 5:45 PM San Jose City Hall - Wing Rooms
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San Jose, CA 95113
HCDC  Collecting public comment on the "Opt-In/Stay-In-Business" workplan

February 23, 2016

Please see the February 23, 2016 Council Agenda (items 4.2, 4.3, 10.2) to review Council Reports, Supplemental Memos and other correspondence for the Mobilehome items being heard at the City Council Meeting.

January 25, 2016


At the Planning Commission hearing held January 13, 2016, the Commission considered two agenda items relating to mobilehome park preservation/conversion.  On Item 4(c), the Commission recommended to the City Council the approval of 1) an ordinance amending Title 20 of the San José Municipal Code (the Zoning Code) and 2) new provisions for consideration of mobilehome park conversions to other uses through a new City Council Policy.  On item 6(1), the Commission recommended to the City Council the adoption of proposed General Plan text amendments.  A supplemental memorandum and a revised draft City Council Policy was also provided at the meeting.

December 8, 2015

draft "Council Policy" is posted for public review.  This policy is intended to clarify and provide guidelines for implementation of the requirements in Title 20 of the Municipal Code (Zoning Code) regarding park conversions.  Such policy would need to be consistent with the conversion provisions in the Zoning Code.  Examples of other "Council Policies" can be found in the Council Policy Manual which helps guide the Council on other issues.  This draft Council Policy will be discussed during public hearings in January and February 2016.

December 7, 2015

Handouts and notes from the Opt-In/Stay in Business Focus Groups will be posted below as they become available.

Read the "Opt In/Stay in Business" Program Summary as of 11/11/15

   
 December 3, 2015 - Park Owners (Presentation, Notes)
    December 7, 2015 - Park Residents (Presentation, Discussion Questions, Notes)
    January 4, 2016 - Park Owners
    January 5, 2016 - Park Residents

November 23, 2015

Over the past several months, the City of San José has been exploring policies and Zoning Code provisions to protect mobilehome parks in San José from conversion to other uses. During outreach meetings conducted during the summer of 2015, mobilehome park owners suggested an idea called “Opt-in/Stay in Business” whereby park owners would agree to stay open for a period of time in exchange for the ability to pass through some amount of capital infrastructure costs to park residents, limited vacancy decontrol, and other provisions. For more information on this concept click here

The City Council directed staff to explore this concept as another tool for preserving mobilehome parks in San José. The Department of Housing and the Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement (PBCE) will host four focus group meetings: two for park owners and two for park residents to explore this concept. The meetings have been scheduled as follows:

    December 3, 2015 - Park Owners
    9:30 - 11:30AM
    MLK Library, Room 225

    December 7, 2015 - Park Residents
    6:30 - 8:30PM
    MLK Library, Room 225

    January 4, 2016 - Park Owners
    2:00 - 4:00PM
    City Hall, Wing Room 120

    January 5, 2016 - Park Residents
    2:00 - 4:00PM
    City Hall, Wing Rooms 118-119


Notes from these meetings will be posted on this website.  Input from these meetings will help staff develop recommendations for the City Council in early 2016.  Staff will present the Opt-In Concept to the City Council for direction and next steps in February 2016.

For more information, please contact: Adam Marcus, Housing Policy Manager, (408) 975-4451 or

October 15, 2015

In August 2015, the City hosted three public meetings to discuss Mobilehome Park Protection strategies with over 70 people in attendance per meeting. The notes from these meetings are posted on the Housing Department's website. In addition, the City Council passed a six-month moratorium on the conversion of Mobilehome Parks to any other use. This moratorium is scheduled to expire on February 25, 2016.
At the direction of the City Council, staff is working on the following policy and ordinance changes to strengthen existing protections of mobilehome parks in San José. Some of the draft policies will be posted prior to the Community and Economic Development Committee meeting scheduled for November 16, 2015.

  1. New General Plan Text Amendments: To strengthen goals and policies to preserve existing mobilehome parks as a source of housing.
  2. New Council Policy: To clarify and provide guidelines for implementation of the requirements in Title 20 of the Municipal Code (Zoning Code) regarding park conversions. Such policy would need to be consistent with the conversion provisions in the Zoning Code. Examples of the Council Policies can be found in the Council Policy Manual which helps guide the Council on other issues.
  3. Zoning Code Amendments: As needed to amend administrative provisions for public hearings on permit applications for conversions.

Staff is scheduled to present proposed policy changes at the four meetings listed below in which the public can participate. The first two meetings will focus on General Plan Text Amendments.  The subsequent meetings will focus on all of the policy and ordinance changes. The City Council is scheduled to vote on these changes in February 2016.

November 12, 2015 @ 5:45
Wing Room 118-120 at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
Purpose: Staff recommendations for General Plan Text Amendments

November 16, 2015 @ 1:30
Wing Rooms 118 and 119 at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
Purpose: Staff recommendations for General Plan Text Amendments

Planning Commission - Items 5, 6a & 7 to be heard together
January 13, 2016 
City Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
Purpose: Staff recommendations for General Plan Text Amendments, New Council Policy, and Zoning Code Amendments

February 9, 2016
City Council Chambers at City Hall, 200 East Santa Clara Street, San José
Purpose: Staff recommendations for General Plan Text Amendments, New Council Policy, and Zoning Code Amendments

The public is invited to attend the public meetings/hearings and speak on this item. If you have any questions, please email or call Jenny Nusbaum, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement at or (408) 535-7872 or Adam Marcus, Department of Housing at or (408) 975-4451.
Please visit www.sanjoseca.gov/mobilehomes for project updates and announcements. Notes from recent public meetings and additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

September 18, 2015

In August 2015, staff from the City of San José Planning, Building and Code Enforcement and Housing Departments hosted three public meetings to discuss this issue. The following summary includes key themes that emerged from the meetings followed by more complete notes. These notes have been edited for clarity and do not include fact checking or input from City staff.
September 3, 2015

  1. On September 9, 2015, The Planning Commission is scheduled to hold a public hearing on extending the moratorium on mobilehome park conversions from 45 days to 6 months. Click here to read the meeting agenda, and here to read the staff memo.
  2. On September 15, 2015, the City Council is scheduled to hear this item at the City Hall Council Chambers. Check the Council Agenda for details.
September 3, 2015

  1. San José Mobilehome Conversion Ordinance (Title 20.180 of the Municipal Code)
  2. San José Mobilehome Rent Ordinance (Overview)(Chapter 17.22 of the Municipal Code)
  3. San José Envision 2040 General Plan Text
  4. An interactive map of the City’s  General Plan 2040 Growth Areas can be found here. These Growth Areas include; Downtown, North San Jose, Specific Plan Areas, Urban Villages, and Employment Areas. For general information on Urban Villages in San Jose, click here. As of this posting, five urban village plans have been adopted and eight additional plans are currently under development.

August 7, 2015

summary of the feedback from focus groups #3 and #4 (mobilehome park residents) is scheduled to be presented to the City Council on August 11, 2015.

July 28, 2015

In July/August 2015, staff from the City of San José Planning, Building and Code Enforcement and Housing Departments scheduled two focus groups for mobilehome park owners/managers, and two focus groups for park residents.  A summary of the feedback from the focus groups #1 and #2 is scheduled to be presented to the City Council on August 11, 2015.

July 15, 2015

Please be advised that the public meeting scheduled for Thursday, August 27, 2015 at Independence High School has been canceled and replaced with a meeting on Saturday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Seven Trees Community Center, Banquet Room, 3590 Cas Drive, San José, CA.

June 29, 2015

City staff is hosting three public meetings to explore new City policies and Zoning Code provisions to protect an adequate supply of mobilehome parks in San José.  Your input is valuable to the process.  Please join us at one of the following meetings to learn more and to share your thoughts.  Light refreshments will be served and reasonable accommodations for language interpretation or disability-related assistance are available if requested at least three (3) business days in advance.  Questions?  Please contact Jenny Nusbaum (Planning, Building and Code Enforcement) at 408.535.7872 or , or Adam Marcus (Housing Department) at 408.975.4451 or .

Date  Time Location
 Thursday, August 13, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm Mayfair Community Center
 Chavez Hall
2039 Kammerer Avenue
San José, CA
Saturday, August 29, 2015  11:00am - 1:00pm  Seven Trees Community Center
Banquet Room
3590 Cas Drive
San José, CA
 Thursday, August 27, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm Independence High School
Constitutional Hall
1776 Educational Park Drive
San José, CA
Monday, August 31, 2015 6:30pm - 8:30pm San José City Hall
Wing Room 118-120
200 E. Santa Clara Street
San José, CA
     

June 17, 2015

On Monday, June 22nd, staff is scheduled to propose a workplan and community input process to the Community and Economic Development Committee (CEDC). The CEDC agenda and proposed workplan being discussed at the meeting is available for viewing.

As part of this workplan, a number of community meetings will be held in July through August to gather stakeholder input on possible policy changes. Meeting dates, a "Notify Me" (select Housing - Mobilehome & Park Owners) email notification sign up, and other information about this project will be posted in the coming weeks on the Housing Department's website and announced over email.

If you have any questions, please email or call Jenny Nusbaum, Department of Planning, Building and Code Enforcement at or (408) 535-7872 or Adam Marcus, Department of Housing at or (408) 975-4451. 
 
    Community and Economic Development Committee 
     Monday, June 22, 2015 @ 1:30pm 
     City Hall - Wing Room 118/119 
     200 E. Santa Clara Street, San José, CA 95113

Alternative transportation is encouraged! City Hall is accessible by VTA Light Rail (Santa Clara Station) and bus routes 17, 55, 63, 64, 65, 72, 73 and 81. A City BikeShare station is available at City Hall on 4th/Santa Clara Streets. Parking is available in the City Hall Garage, entrance on 6th Street.

Can't make it? If you cannot attend in person, meetings are live-streamed through the City's website, and can also be watched live on local Channel 26. 
 
To receive automatic e-mails on updated information and upcoming meetings regarding the Mobilehome Park Preservation Policy & Conversion Ordinance, please sign-up and select "Housing - Mobilehome & Park Owners."

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Mobilehome Opt-In/Stay-In-Business Update
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