A proposal to build a 572-unit apartment complex was rejected last week when the City Council voted against changing the zoning from commercial to high-density residential.
The Planning Commission had recommended the zone changes and approval of the complex. At least 25% of the apartments would have been "rented at rates affordable to households earning less than moderate income," according to the commission.
"Less than moderate income" is defined as 120% of the city's median income and includes families earning $45,000 annually.
With affordable rents written into official plans, state law grants a developer a "density bonus"--the opportunity to add more units than otherwise would be permitted, said Randy Mellinger, a planner for the city. With the density bonus, the project could have had up to 30 units per acre, Mellinger said.
The two- and three-story buildings would have been built on 19.5 acres on the northwest corner of Garden Grove Boulevard and The City Drive, near The City shopping center.