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Housing Element Values Survey

271 registered responses


Do you live and/or work in the City of Saratoga?

Response Percent Response Count
I live in Saratoga, but work somewhere else. 35.4% 96
I live and work in Saratoga. 17.7% 48
I live in Saratoga and I am retired/ do not currently work. 46.5% 126
I work in Saratoga, but live somewhere else. 0.4% 1

If you live in Saratoga, how long have you lived in the City?

Response Percent Response Count
0-2 years 4.4% 12
2-5 years 8.5% 23
5-10 years 11.8% 32
10-20 years 16.6% 45
20+ years 58.7% 159

How old are you?

Response Percent Response Count
18 years or less 0.4% 1
19 – 25 years 0.7% 2
26 – 30 years 1.1% 3
31 – 40 years 5.9% 16
41 – 50 years 16.4% 44
51 – 60 years 26.0% 70
61 – 70 years 24.9% 67
71 – 80 years 18.2% 49
81 years or more 6.3% 17

Select the type of housing you reside in:

Response Percent Response Count
Single Family Home 96.3% 260
Attached Home (Townhouse, Duplex) 2.2% 6
Multifamily Home (Apartment, Condo) 1.5% 4

Are you a renter or owner?

Response Percent Response Count
Renter 1.1% 3
Owner 98.9% 267

Are you satisfied with your current housing situation?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 97.4% 262
No 2.6% 7

Does the range of housing options currently available in the City of Saratoga meet your needs?

Response Percent Response Count
Yes 91.0% 244
No 9.0% 24

If you live in Saratoga, why did you choose to live here? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
Proximity to work 29.4% 79
Quality of housing 75.1% 202
Recreation/amenities 23.4% 63
Scenery 62.8% 169
Family/friends 24.2% 65
Quality of schools 67.7% 182
Neighborhood safety 69.9% 188
City services 7.8% 21
Shops, dining, etc. 17.8% 48
Other 14.9% 40

As the City plans to meet the State mandate to plan for more than 1,700 new housing units, which types of additional housing would you be willing to accept in the City of Saratoga? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
Single Family Homes 81.0% 213
Duplex, Triplex, etc 37.3% 98
Condominiums (Owned) 56.3% 148
Apartments (Rented) 28.9% 76
Townhomes 58.6% 154
Housing for Seniors 65.4% 172
Housing for Students 23.6% 62
Other 11.4% 30

Please rank the following based on how important they are to you and your family, with 1 being the most important and 8 being the least important.

Average priorities over 271 responses
  1. While State law may have its own impacts on single family zoning and the City may need to consider changes to reach its Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City can make an effort to keep its Housing Element changes in areas of the City outside of single family neighborhoods, such as along main City streets.

    Preserving the current character of single family neighborhoods, as much as possible.
  2. Roughly half of Saratoga is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the area of the City that is most at risk for wildfire. If growth in Saratoga's hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire is limited, that means increased housing density would only occur in the half of the City that is outside the WUI. 

    Limiting growth in hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire.
  3. The City could make an effort to maintain businesses at commercial locations like Argonaut shopping center, or Saratoga could plan for housing at commercial locations to comply with State-mandates.

    Preserving existing commercial locations, such as shopping centers with grocery stores.
  4. The State assumes that development at a density of 20 units or more per acre meets criteria for below market units. Accommodating developments at this density may require 3 to 5 stories or more depending on the site. The City could retain a practice of limiting buildings to 2-3 stories. Alternatively, the City could increase height limits throughout Saratoga, or only in parts of Saratoga.

    Retaining a practice of generally limiting buildings to 2 stories.
  5. One strategy to retain commercial businesses while adding residential housing units is mixed-use projects. Mixed use projects include commercial businesses on the ground level and apartments or condos above. To make mixed-use projects feasible, they often require multiple stories to allow both commercial and residential uses.

    ​​​​​​​​​​​​Creating mixed-use (commercial/office and residential) projects in the community.
  6. The State assumes that developments of 20 units/acre or more will be affordable. This means the City will need to change the zoning in areas of Saratoga to allow for more apartments, condos, or townhomes to be built.

    Adding more affordable housing options makes it possible for a diverse population to live here, including young adults, baristas, grocery store clerks, teachers, social workers, and first responders who serve the community.

    Providing a diverse range of housing types to meet the varied needs of people at all income levels.
  7. The City needs to consider what types of housing Saratoga should have for populations like older adults or students. To count towards Saratoga’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, these units need to be completely independent living facilities that each have their own kitchen and bathroom.   

    Building housing for older adults or students.
  8. The City needs to consider creating programs and policies to help low-income individuals and families. We can consider requiring developers to include affordable units as part of new housing development projects. 

    Requiring construction of affordable units as part of housing development projects. 

Are there any comments that you would like to share with the City of Saratoga about the Housing Element Update?

Answered
138
Skipped
133

Which community meeting(s) do you plan to attend? The content presented at all three meetings will be the same. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.

Response Percent Response Count
June 10, 12-2 p.m. 27.0% 40
June 15, 7-9 p.m. 39.2% 58
June 26, 9-11 a.m. 41.9% 62

What topics would you like covered in further detail and/or what questions would you like answered during the community meetings?

Answered
117
Skipped
154
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July 31, 2021, 10:09 PM
  • Do you live and/or work in the City of Saratoga?
    • I live in Saratoga and I am retired/ do not currently work.
  • If you live in Saratoga, how long have you lived in the City?
    • 20+ years
  • How old are you?
    • 61 – 70 years
  • Select the type of housing you reside in:
    • Single Family Home
  • Are you a renter or owner?
    • Owner
  • Are you satisfied with your current housing situation?
    • Yes
  • Does the range of housing options currently available in the City of Saratoga meet your needs?
    • Yes
  • If you live in Saratoga, why did you choose to live here? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    • Proximity to work
    • Quality of housing
    • Quality of schools
    • Neighborhood safety
  • As the City plans to meet the State mandate to plan for more than 1,700 new housing units, which types of additional housing would you be willing to accept in the City of Saratoga? Select all that apply. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    • Single Family Homes
    • Condominiums (Owned)
  • Please rank the following based on how important they are to you and your family, with 1 being the most important and 8 being the least important.
    1. While State law may have its own impacts on single family zoning and the City may need to consider changes to reach its Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City can make an effort to keep its Housing Element changes in areas of the City outside of single family neighborhoods, such as along main City streets.

      Preserving the current character of single family neighborhoods, as much as possible.
    2. The State assumes that development at a density of 20 units or more per acre meets criteria for below market units. Accommodating developments at this density may require 3 to 5 stories or more depending on the site. The City could retain a practice of limiting buildings to 2-3 stories. Alternatively, the City could increase height limits throughout Saratoga, or only in parts of Saratoga.

      Retaining a practice of generally limiting buildings to 2 stories.
    3. Roughly half of Saratoga is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the area of the City that is most at risk for wildfire. If growth in Saratoga's hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire is limited, that means increased housing density would only occur in the half of the City that is outside the WUI. 

      Limiting growth in hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire.
    4. The City could make an effort to maintain businesses at commercial locations like Argonaut shopping center, or Saratoga could plan for housing at commercial locations to comply with State-mandates.

      Preserving existing commercial locations, such as shopping centers with grocery stores.
    5. The City needs to consider what types of housing Saratoga should have for populations like older adults or students. To count towards Saratoga’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, these units need to be completely independent living facilities that each have their own kitchen and bathroom.   

      Building housing for older adults or students.
    6. One strategy to retain commercial businesses while adding residential housing units is mixed-use projects. Mixed use projects include commercial businesses on the ground level and apartments or condos above. To make mixed-use projects feasible, they often require multiple stories to allow both commercial and residential uses.

      ​​​​​​​​​​​​Creating mixed-use (commercial/office and residential) projects in the community.
    7. The State assumes that developments of 20 units/acre or more will be affordable. This means the City will need to change the zoning in areas of Saratoga to allow for more apartments, condos, or townhomes to be built.

      Adding more affordable housing options makes it possible for a diverse population to live here, including young adults, baristas, grocery store clerks, teachers, social workers, and first responders who serve the community.

      Providing a diverse range of housing types to meet the varied needs of people at all income levels.
    8. The City needs to consider creating programs and policies to help low-income individuals and families. We can consider requiring developers to include affordable units as part of new housing development projects. 

      Requiring construction of affordable units as part of housing development projects. 
  • Are there any comments that you would like to share with the City of Saratoga about the Housing Element Update?

    Balance the impact throughout Saratoga and not just force all of this required development on the east side of the city.

  • Which community meeting(s) do you plan to attend? The content presented at all three meetings will be the same. To select multiple options, use Ctrl + Click for PC or Cmd + Click for Mac.
    No response.
  • What topics would you like covered in further detail and/or what questions would you like answered during the community meetings?

    What are or will be untouched by this expanding development (i.e., parks, Prospect Community Center, Heritage Orchard, Congress Springs ball fields, etc.)?

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The State assumes that developments of 20 units/acre or more will be affordable. This means the City will need to change the zoning in areas of Saratoga to allow for more apartments, condos, or townhomes to be built.

Adding more affordable housing options makes it possible for a diverse population to live here, including young adults, baristas, grocery store clerks, teachers, social workers, and first responders who serve the community.

One strategy to retain commercial businesses while adding residential housing units is mixed-use projects. Mixed use projects include commercial businesses on the ground level and apartments or condos above. To make mixed-use projects feasible, they often require multiple stories to allow both commercial and residential uses.

The City needs to consider what types of housing Saratoga should have for populations like older adults or students. To count towards Saratoga’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation, these units need to be completely independent living facilities that each have their own kitchen and bathroom.   

Roughly half of Saratoga is in the Wildland Urban Interface (WUI), the area of the City that is most at risk for wildfire. If growth in Saratoga's hillsides and areas at risk for wildfire is limited, that means increased housing density would only occur in the half of the City that is outside the WUI. 

While State law may have its own impacts on single family zoning and the City may need to consider changes to reach its Regional Housing Needs Allocation, the City can make an effort to keep its Housing Element changes in areas of the City outside of single family neighborhoods, such as along main City streets.

The City could make an effort to maintain businesses at commercial locations like Argonaut shopping center, or Saratoga could plan for housing at commercial locations to comply with State-mandates.

The City needs to consider creating programs and policies to help low-income individuals and families. We can consider requiring developers to include affordable units as part of new housing development projects. 

The State assumes that development at a density of 20 units or more per acre meets criteria for below market units. Accommodating developments at this density may require 3 to 5 stories or more depending on the site. The City could retain a practice of limiting buildings to 2-3 stories. Alternatively, the City could increase height limits throughout Saratoga, or only in parts of Saratoga.


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