Mark Powell: SD City Council can waive all permit fees for affordable housing

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The media price for a home in San Diego is on the rise, making it harder for entry-level teachers, police officers, and nurses to afford a home with their salaries.

Mark Powell, President of Parents For Quality Education, joined KUSI’s Jason Austell on Good Morning San Diego to discuss the topic of his most recent op-ed in the San Diego Union Tribune entitled “Opinion: Building new housing in California must involve waiving permitting fees.”

These workers have a starting salary of about $60-70,000 a year, but cannot afford to live in the same city that they teach, protect, or care for others in.

As a result, they have to travel really far to afford a home, Powell said.

San Diego City Council can waive all building permit fees for affordable housing projects, Powell emphasized.

Austell asked Powell about the section on solar panels in his op-ed, to which Powell responded, “Okay now this is something where our politicians appear to not be able to get out of their own way,” Powell began. “They’ll say they want affordable housing, yet they’ll do everything they can to make homes less affordable,” he said.

Powell gave the example of City Council mandating solar panels on each new single-family affordable home, which adds on anywhere from $10-20,000.

Overall, City Council cannot build affordable homes while adding on what are called “point of sale mandates” and retrofits, which require contractors to spend a lot more money, Powell concluded.

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