LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lakeport Planning Commission has given its approval to plans for a new affordable housing project for seniors.
The commission met on Wednesday, Feb. 16, with commissioners in the chambers and community members able to attend both in person and via Zoom to discuss several projects, among them, the Bevins Street senior apartments.
Community Development Director Jenni Byers presented to the commission a density bonus application from AMG and Associates for the project, a 40-unit affordable housing complex which will be built on 3.1 acres at 447 Bevins St.
Byers said the developer plans to make it available to seniors whose income is from 30 to 60% of Lake County’s median income.
It will sit directly west of the Bella Vista senior housing complex, also built by AMG and Associates.
This will be the fourth project the developer has built in Lakeport. In addition to Bella Vista, it has built the two phases of the Martin Street affordable housing apartment complex.
The Bevins Street apartment project’s 40 units will be a mix of 32 one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom units, with each of the units having either a patio or a deck.
It also will have a 1,000 square foot community building with a common kitchen, exercise room, laundry facility and business center, a community garden with raised planter beds, boccie ball court, a fenced dog park for residents’ pets, 51 parking stalls — 40 of which will be covered — along with covered picnic tables with a barbecue, pergolas made from noncombustible material, U.S. Postal Service-approved pedestal mounted mailboxes and an on-site resident manager.
Byers said that, based on state law, the developer can request up to three variances from city code and the city can’t deny it.
The Lakeport Municipal Code sets forth the criteria for density bonuses, which are meant to increase the production of affordable housing. Byers said the project is 100% affordable housing and so qualified for the density bonus, as well as up to three development incentives.
She said the developer was seeking a reduction of the off street parking requirement. Normally a development of this size would need to have 60 parking spaces, but they are planning to have 51. Based on state law, they could have requested even more of a reduction, Byers added.
The apartment complex will have a tower feature for its elevator that will be 42 feet high, exceeding the city’s maximum building height of 35 feet, she said.
Byers said the developer also asked to not have a parking requirement for recreational vehicles.
As proposed, Byers said the reductions are consistent with city code and the general plan housing element.
This is not the first density bonus application the city has considered. Staff said the city previously had approved one for the Bella Vista apartments and one for the first phase of the Martin Street apartments, both built by the same developer.
Commissioner Jeff Warrenberg moved to approve the project, with Commissioner Kurt Combs seconding and the commission giving unanimous approval.
Also during the meeting, the commission voted to have Mark Mitchell and Jeff Warrenberg continue to serve as chair and vice chair, respectively, for another year.
The commission also approved separate use permits and categorical exemptions for short-term rentals proposed by Tea Tree LLC at 1950 Lakeshore Blvd and Amber Chatwin of LNR Services at 600 Esplanade.