The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County believes decisions on the location, type, and density of housing must be an integral part of the planning process, so that air quality, transportation, energy use, schools, police and fire protection, water and sewers, open space, parks and recreation will be considered. Also to be considered are the needs for hospitals and the preservation of agricultural land.
The League encourages incentives for in-fill development, where public services and utilities are already in place, and higher density housing where it will facilitate the use of public transit, bicycling, and walking. We also urge a review of high density housing proposals to assure that adequate open space is provided and good design is incorporated.
The League supports the availability of housing for the low and moderate income citizens of Sacramento County and encourages local government to explore a variety of approaches to increase the supply of housing affordable to these groups. Such actions may include: public/private partnerships for housing rehabilitation; replacement housing, particularly for the elderly who have lost their residences due to building conversions; the use of general revenues for specific housing activities as self-help; and the development of new sources of financing, such as limited fees and surcharges on housing related transactions.
The League believes that while local government plays an important role in the provision of affordable housing, federal and state governments must provide the major funding for these efforts.