Check out San Rafael's Request for Proposals for Development of New Affordable Housing, released 12/8/23, and apply now!
Affordable Housing Requirements for Developers
On December 4, 2023, the San Rafael City Council held a public hearing to consider adoption of a) a commercial linkage fee study and b) amendments to San Rafael Municipal Code Section 14.16.030 updating the City’s commercial linkage fees. A commercial linkage fee is a type of impact fee that charges new commercial development for its role in creating new demand for affordable housing. It is based on the finding of a reasonable relationship between the new employment created by commercial development, and the accompanying need for affordable housing for new worker households. The study supporting the fee is available here. If adopted, the fee updates would go into effect July 1, 2024.
Staff Involvement in Affordable Housing
We provide predevelopment technical assistance on many of the sites that have major issues or site development costs that can preclude housing development and/or redevelopment.