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News Release

Local agencies to hold housing element workshop

The event will take place at the Community Foundation Epicenter located on 440 San Benito Street in Hollister.  

Mike Chambless at the Dec. 14 Board of Supervisors meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Government / Politics

California is requiring San Benito County to plan for 5,000 housing units

Jurisdictions are required to plan for housing needs for the next eight years.

The state is telling Hollister it has 30 days to void its growth management plan. Photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

State gives Hollister 30 days to void or suspend its growth management plan

Mayor says developers are pressing to annex projects built on county ag land; Councilwoman Lenoir says the mayor is pandering for votes.

Hollister City Hall. File photo.

Government / Politics

Hollister agencies to apply for COVID-19 grant funding

Staff seeks $30K from CARES Act, while the fire department puts in for two FEMA grants.

Downtown San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Government / Politics

SJB council approves final housing element

Other actions include a timetable for rescinding the cannabis ban and selecting Mary Edge as mayor.

Early morning in San Juan Bautista. Photo by Leslie David.

Housing / Land Use

San Juan Bautista approves one of two housing elements

City focusing efforts to get back into compliance with state law; site selected for potential affordable housing.

A vacant lot between Muckelemi Street and Highway 156 in San Juan Bautista is one option for an affordable housing site that would comply with the new draft housing element. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB planners yet to choose affordable housing site

Housing element will go to City Council after site is selected.

Martin Carver speaks during the housing element workshop at the community center. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Housing / Land Use

SJB housing element workshop narrows down potential sites for rezoning

Attendees favor vacant lot behind Valero gas station.

Housing being constructed in Hollister. File photo by John Chadwell.

Housing / Land Use

San Benito County and cities proceed with housing element updates

Jurisdictions take action in response to governor’s call for more home building.

Historic Resources Board and San Juan Bautista Planning Commission at the Jan. 14 meeting. Photo by Noe Magaña.

Business / Economy

SJB Planning Commission chooses firm to update housing element

City has been out of compliance with rules governing local development since 2015.