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City of Santa Rosa MSR and SOI Update

May 9, 2024  By Monroe Roush, Senior Analyst  The City of Santa Rosa has grown over the past decade, and that growth has brought both opportunities and challenges to the community when it comes to the provision of services. RSG worked with the Sonoma County Local Agency Formation Commission (“LAFCO”) on a Municipal Service Review […]

Community Benefits Session at 2024 CALED Conference

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March 28, 2024 RSG will be moderating a workshop session titled “How to Capture Community Benefits from New Development” with the cities of Jurupa Valley, San Carlos, and South San Francisco at the California Association for Local Economic Development (“CALED”) Annual Conference. This event takes place in-person in Santa Rosa, CA from April 10-12. If […]

Solana Beach Residential Relocation

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February 16, 2024 By Alex Lawrence, Senior Associate Jurisdictions are faced with larger than ever RHNA requirements and many are running out of vacant land to construct affordable housing to meet the needs of the community. As a result, the need to redevelop properties with existing tenants is increasing and while displacement is a sensitive […]

New City in CA? Potential Mountain House Incorporation

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October 11, 2023 By Jim Simon, Principal For the first time in over 12 years, California may be welcoming a new city with the potential incorporation of Mountain House, a community of 28,000 residents just west of Tracy in San Joaquin County. Mountain House voters will be deciding on incorporation in March 2024 and if […]

RSG Speaking at 2023 California Land Recycling Conference

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September 13, 2023 Join RSG at the 2023 California Land Recycling Conference: People, Partnerships, Progress from September 26–28 in Carson, CA at the Carson Event Center. The Conference is hosted by the U.S. EPA Region 9, CA Department of Toxic Substances Control’s (“DTSC”) Office of Brownfields, and the Center for Creative Land Recycling (“CCLR”) and […]

Intro to Community Benefits: Cities and Developers

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May 10, 2023 By: Jenny Benitez, Analyst The Purpose of Community Benefits Programs Community benefits programs facilitate an exchange between cities and developers. Cities grant development entitlements to a project in return for specific amenities provided by the developer for the local community. When implemented well, community benefits programs and agreements lead to mutually beneficial […]

Sentiments of an RSG Consultant: 2023 Housing CA Conference Recap

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April 26, 2023 By Ethan Azad, Research Assistant Last month, alongside several of my teammates at RSG, I attended the 2023 Housing California Conference, the state’s largest housing conference that brings together people engaged in all aspects of the housing industry. Affordable housing developers; supportive service providers; construction firms; architects; private and public sector lenders; […]

Celebrating Black History Month 2023!

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February 21, 2023 February is Black History Month! To celebrate, our RSG team members who identify in this community shared their voice on what is meaningful to them regarding the sentiments of this month. How do you celebrate? “I’ve dedicated my career around helping people, and RSG and my predecessors allowed me to express my […]

How to Expand the Benefits of New ADU Laws

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March 14, 2022 By Alejandra Martinez, Analyst In the past years, Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) development restrictions have begun to ease across California, providing a new opportunity for homeowners wishing to create income-generating units or provide housing to relatives on their existing homes. As a result, there is a general excitement that new ADU laws […]

How COVID-19 Might Reshape the Suburbs

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July 27, 2021 By Alejandra Martinez, Research Assistant In 2020, we saw a decline of office use in major city centers and a simultaneous worker exodus to the suburbs. Individuals with the opportunity to work from home embraced the freedom to move into larger, more affordable living spaces away from once-bustling dense, urban cities. Now, […]