A panel of housing experts is expected to lend a ground-level view Thursday in Healdsburg to the question dogging local governments: What does it take to build more affordable housing?
The moderated discussion with five developers from both the profit and nonprofit sectors is part of an ongoing series of community forums on how to alleviate the region’s housing crunch.
In Healdsburg, the priciest real estate market in Sonoma County, housing costs top the list of concerns for residents.
A city-commissioned poll in January found that more than seven in 10 Healdsburg residents are worried about the lack of housing for working families, with cost and lack of housing options ranking at the top of the most pressing issues.
A Community Housing Committee has been weighing an action plan that includes setting goals and timelines for building less-expensive dwellings, as well as more variety of housing types, from apartments to townhomes to “granny” units.
The panelists on Thursday include Hugh Futrell, a Santa Rosa multifamily-housing developer; Bob Comstock, a homebuilder currently constructing a project in Healdsburg; Chuck Cornell, head of the nonprofit Burbank Housing Corp.; Steve Sheldon, a Sebastopol-based developer who specializes in green, mixed-use infill projects; and Elizabeth Shephard, a Marin-based financial specialist who brings private capital to small infill housing projects.
The program will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Healdsburg Community Center, 1557 Healdsburg Ave.