The City is committed to providing suitable, safe, inclusive, and affordable housing for the Roseville community. Affordable housing is important to the health of the community and the local economy. When members of the community can afford to live in the same community where they work, it improves commute traffic, increases investment in the local community, and improves an employer’s ability to attract and retain employees.

Objective Design Standards for Qualified Affordable Housing Projects


On April 21, 2021, the Roseville City Council adopted a resolution to establish Objective Design Standards (ODS) to streamline the construction of qualified affordable housing projects. The ODS were adopted in order to comply with State housing legislation. Qualified projects that comply with the ODS are subject to a non-discretionary ministerial permit process and can bypass the standard design review process and proceed directly to building permit and engineering permit review. Projects that meet the ODS standards will not be subject to a public notification and hearing process.

What are the Objective Design Standards?

The ODS are intended to be quantifiable and/or objective development and design standards for site design, architecture, and landscaping for qualified affordable housing projects. State law allows cities to develop standards that are unique to their jurisdiction, so Roseville tailored the new ODS to support high-quality development that will be compatible with the City’s existing Community Design Guidelines. Developers will be required to self-certify that they meet the requirements at the time they apply for the building and engineering permits, which will then be reviewed and confirmed by City staff. The adopted ODS can be found online here.

How do I find out about these projects if I won’t get a notice/there is no hearing?

Design plans for qualified affordable projects using the ODS process will be posted on this webpage. As there is no discretionary or hearing process for these applications, project review is limited to ensuring compliance with the ODS checklist. If you have questions about development activity in your neighborhood, please call 916-774-5285 or email planningdivision@roseville.ca.us for further assistance.

Background

Two pieces of legislation, Senate Bill 35 (SB 35) and Assembly Bill 2162 (AB 2162), were respectively adopted in 2018 and 2019 to respond to the State’s affordable housing crisis. Both SB 35 and AB 2162 require cities to provide a streamlined review process for qualified affordable housing projects. To meet this requirement, the City’s Development Services – Planning Division developed quantifiable design standards, referred to as Objective Design Standards (ODS), to review new, qualified affordable housing projects through a ministerial (i.e. “over the counter”) permitting process. The ODS are a “checklist” of minimum requirements that a project would have to meet in order to use the streamlined process, which are based on the City’s existing Community Design Guidelines.

Internal City departments and divisions, as well as affordable housing developers with a history of working in the City of Roseville, reviewed the Objective Design Standards. Comments received from these stakeholders were incorporated into the proposed guidelines. Early notification of the intent to develop the ODS was posted on the City’s Housing Element Update website and communicated as part of the various public updates on the Housing Element Update’s progress. On March 8, 2021, an update announcing the March 25, 2021 Planning Commission hearing was posted to the Housing Element website, and the update was publicized via Facebook, Twitter, and the City’s newsletter. Notification of both the Planning Commission and City Council hearings were posted in the Roseville Press Tribune, on the City’s website, and the Roseville Coalition of Neighborhood Associations (RCONA) website.

Current ODS Projects

Approved ODS Projects

F-8A Apartments

WRSP PCL F-8A – Apartments

Project Address: 
2700 N. Hayden Pw.

Property Owner: 
Christopher Hawke, Maracor Development, Inc.

Project Applicant: 
Jason Reed, Wood Rodgers, Inc.

Project Description: 
The proposed development is a 330-unit multi-family apartment complex with clubhouse, playground, pool area, and other site amenities on 11.93 acres in the West Roseville Specific Plan area. The development will contain a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units ranging from 626 square feet to 1,200 square feet. Additionally, the site includes a total of 577 parking spaces.

The project is a qualified affordable housing development and the plans are subject to non-discretionary ministerial approval. The design is consistent with the Objective Design Standards checklist and a density bonus of fifty-three (53) units is requested to allow an overall site density of 27.7 units per acre. A 35-space deviation from the required parking standard is permitted, consistent with the density bonus incentives in Section 19.28.060 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Project Related Documents (as of October 2021)
Plans

Hayden Parkway Apartments

WRSP PCL F-6B - Hayden Parkway Apartments

Project Address: 2801 N. Hayden Pw.

Property Owner: Greg Gossard, Hampstead Development Partners, Inc.

Project Applicant: Chris Kelly, LPAS Architecture + Design

Project Description: 
The proposed development is a 198-unit multi-family apartment complex with clubhouse, playground, pool area, and other site amenities on 8.44 acres in the West Roseville Specific Plan area. The development will contain a mix of one, two, and three-bedroom units ranging from 638 square feet to 1,130 square feet. Additionally, the site includes a total of 353 parking spaces, achieved through a combination of 55 garages and 298 surface parking spaces.

The project is a qualified affordable housing development and the plans are subject to non-discretionary ministerial approval. The design is consistent with the Objective Design Standards checklist and a density bonus of three (3) units is requested to allow an overall site density of 23.5 units per acre. A minor deviation from the required setback is permitted, consistent with the density bonus incentives in Section 19.28.060 of the Zoning Ordinance.

Project Related Documents (as of August 2021):
Plan Set