CSAC Bulletin Article

State Surplus Property Available for Housing Development

August 29, 2019

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and the California Department of General Services (DGS) have released an interactive map showing excess state-owned property that may be used for housing development. Parcels are located in the unincorporated areas in 17 counties across the state, presenting a great opportunity for counties to partner with local affordable housing developers and the Administration to build new, affordable homes.

CSAC encourages counties to examine the sites potentially available for affordable housing development in their jurisdictions and consider working with developers and the Administration on redeveloping state lands as affordable housing. Counties have the opportunity to leverage additional state and local resources to redevelop surplus state property, including housing infill infrastructure grants that will be available pursuant to the recently-approved state budget.

In April, DGS released an initial inventory of state property potentially available for housing development, pursuant to Executive Order N-06-19, which Governor Newsom issued in January. These properties were screened to determine which sites would be potentially suitable for affordable housing development. The screening criteria included factors such as relative size, proximity to schools, transportation and amenities, and general location to determine which sites would have a better chance of being successfully developed.

The interactive map shows each site identified in the inventory with a “heat map” overlay indicating where housing is most needed in the state. The following 14 counties have parcels in unincorporated areas in the heat map:

  • Northern Region: Alameda, Del Norte, El Dorado, Humboldt, Lake, Marin, Mendocino, Napa, Placer, Santa Cruz, Sonoma
  • Central Region: Kern, San Luis Obispo
  • Southern Region: San Diego

In September 2019, DGS, in consultation with HCD, will begin issuing Requests for Proposals to begin developing affordable housing at selected sites. Developing entities would receive a long-term ground lease from the state and would build, own and manage the housing they develop, subject to oversight from the state.

CSAC would like to assist counties interested in potentially working with the Administration on redeveloping state lands as affordable housing. If counties wish to explore state-owned parcels in their jurisdictions where there might be opportunities to develop affordable housing, please contact Marina Espinoza.

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