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The City of Goleta received a letter from the State of California that developers hope will put the kibosh on the city’s strict building constraints. The new city’s interim policies and its draft general plan demand that 30 to 55 percent of newly built condos – depending on the site – be designated as affordable to people with low incomes. Critics complained the true intent of this policy was not to encourage affordability but to stymie new housing developments. Stopping short of forbidding the city from requiring such a high percentage of below-market units, the state’s critique demanded that the city create convincing developer incentives, unambiguous building guidelines, and automatic approval procedures to assure that the housing will actually be built.

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