Fairgrounds board agrees to help Del Mar meet state affordable housing requirements

By Joe Tash

The 22nd District Agricultural Association, which operates the state-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds, agreed Tuesday, March 12, to work with the city of Del Mar to help the city meet its state requirements for providing affordable housing.

Under a resolution approved unanimously by the fair board, the agency will partner with the city to help Del Mar meet its affordable housing requirements.

The fairgrounds currently has housing on its grounds for temporary workers during the annual San Diego County Fair and horse-racing meet.

However, that housing does not qualify under state affordable housing rules because the dormitory style units do not have their own kitchens and bathrooms, said director David Watson, who is working with the city on the housing issue along with director Lisa Barkett.

The agriculture district is planning to replace its aging housing stock, said Watson, and the agreement with Del Mar  calls for the city to pay the additional cost of bringing the housing units into compliance with state affordable housing rules.

The resolution said the fairgrounds will provide between one and 50 affordable housing units to help the city meet its requirements.

The Del Mar City Council passed a similar resolution, to work with the 22nd DAA on the affordable housing issue, at its Feb . 19 meeting.

Del Mar City Manager Scott Huth told the fair board Tuesday that Del Mar is seeking to provide affordable housing throughout the city, and the fairgrounds units will be one element of the city’s efforts to meet its affordable housing requirements.

According to a city staff report, Del Mar is required to provide 71 new housing units, 22 of them considered affordable, between now and 2021.

   
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