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ORDINANCE NO. NS-2994 <br />AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA <br />AMENDING CHAPTER 41, ARTICLE XVIII.I (HOUSING <br />OPPORTUNITY ORDINANCE) OF THE SANTA ANA <br />MUNICIPAL CODE TO MODIFY APPLICABILITY AND <br />VARIOUS IMPLEMENTATION PROVISIONS OF THE <br />ORDINANCE <br />THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SANTA ANA HEREBY ORDAINS AS <br />FOLLOWS: <br />Section 1. The City Council of Santa Ana hereby finds, determines and <br />declares as follows: <br />A. In Santa Ana, as in other cities in California, there has been a deficit in much <br />needed housing. It is difficult to meet the many housing needs which include, <br />but are not limited to: increasing the housing supply and mix of housing types, <br />rental or ownership opportunities, affordability, promoting infill development <br />and socio-economic equity, the protection of environmental resources, and <br />the encouragement of efficient development patterns. <br />B. In 2015, the City amended its Housing Opportunity Ordinance (HOO) in the <br />Santa Ana Municipal Code (SAMC Sections 41-1900 through 41-1910) to <br />require the construction of affordable units on or off -site or the payment of an <br />in -lieu fee in the amount of $5.00 per square foot of habitable space for <br />projects consisting of 5-20 units, and the payment of an in -lieu fee in the <br />amount of $15.00 per square foot of habitable space for projects with over <br />twenty (20) units. <br />C. In addition to the housing crisis, international, national, state, and local health <br />and governmental authorities are responding to an outbreak of respiratory <br />disease caused by a novel coronavirus named "SARS-Co V-2," and the <br />disease it causes has been named "coronavirus disease 2019", abbreviated <br />COVID-19 ("COVID-19"). <br />D. On March 4, 2020, the Governor of the State of California declared a state of <br />emergency to make additional resources available, formalize emergency <br />actions already underway across multiple state agencies and departments, <br />and help the state prepare for the broader spread of COVID-19. <br />E. On March 13, 2020, the President of the United States of America declared a <br />national emergency and announced that the federal government would make <br />emergency funding available to assist state and local governments in <br />preventing the spread of and addressing the effects of COVID-19. <br />Ordinance No. NS-2994 <br />Page 1 of 17 <br />