Lake County News, CA – Lakeport Planning Commission Approves New Seniors Apartment Complex Project
LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — The Lakeport Planning Commission has given approval to plans for a new affordable housing project for seniors.
The commission met on Wednesday February 16 with commissioners in the chambers and members of the community able to attend both in person and via Zoom to discuss several projects, among them the Bevins Street Seniors’ Apartments.
Director of Community Development Jenni Byers presented the commission with a density bonus application from AMG and Associates for the project, a 40-unit affordable housing complex to be built on 3.1 acres at 447 Bevins St.
Byers said the developer plans to make it available to seniors whose income is 30 to 60 percent of the Lake County median income.
It will be located directly west of the Bella Vista seniors housing complex, also being built by AMG and Associates.
This will be the developer’s fourth project to build in Lakeport. In addition to Bella Vista, it built both phases of the Martin Street Affordable Apartment Complex.
The 40 units of the Bevins Street apartment project will be a mix of 32 one-bedroom units and eight two-bedroom units, each of the units having either a patio or a terrace.
It will also have a 1,000 square foot community building with a communal kitchen, exercise room, laundry room and business center, community garden with raised planters, bocce ball court, fenced dog park for residents’ pets, 51 parking spaces – 40 of which will be covered – as well as covered picnic tables with a barbecue, pergolas made of non-combustible material, pedestal-mounted mailboxes approved by the United States Postal Service and a resident manager on site.
Byers said that, based on state law, the developer can request up to three city code waivers and the city cannot deny it.
Lakeport’s municipal code sets out the criteria for density bonuses, which are intended to increase the production of affordable housing. Byers said the project is 100% affordable housing and therefore qualified for the density bonus, as well as up to three development incentives.
She said the developer was looking to reduce the off-street parking requirement. Normally, a development this size would have 60 parking spaces, but they plan to have 51. Under state law, they could have asked for an even bigger discount, Byers added.
The apartment complex will have a tower for its elevator that will be 42 feet tall, exceeding the city’s maximum building height of 35 feet, she said.
Byers said the developer also requested not to have a parking requirement for recreational vehicles.
As proposed, Byers said the cuts are in line with city code and the general plan’s housing element.
This is not the first density bonus application the city has considered. Staff said the city had previously approved one for Bella Vista Apartments and one for the first phase of Martin Street Apartments, both being built by the same developer.
Commissioner Jeff Warrenberg moved to approve the project, with Commissioner Kurt Combs seconding and the commission giving its unanimous approval.
Also during the meeting, the committee voted to have Mark Mitchell and Jeff Warrenberg continue as chair and vice-chair, respectively, for another year.
The commission also approved separate use permits and block exemptions for short-term rentals offered by Tea Tree LLC at 1950 Lakeshore Blvd and Amber Chatwin of LNR Services at 600 Esplanade.