Category: Planning and Building

Santa Ana wins 2023 Sustainability Award for Legacy Square affordable apartments

The City of Santa Ana is being honored with a 2023 Sustainability Award by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for the Legacy Square apartments project. Legacy Square is a new affordable, multifamily apartment community that offers 93 high-quality apartment homes – 30 one-bedrooms, 39 two-bedrooms, and 24 three-bedrooms. The transit-oriented development replaced two … Continued

Santa Ana lowers fee for home-based business permits

The Santa Ana City Council recently approved reducing the Home Occupation Permit (HOP) fee from $320 to $50.32 to better serve and make it more affordable for modern, small home-based business needs. The Santa Ana Municipal Code requires that every business operating from residential premises needs to secure a HOP and comply with all applicable … Continued

New cannabis law lowers tax rates, allows consumption lounges and events

Santa Ana is the top destination for legal cannabis in Orange County. SANTA ANA, Calif. – Santa Ana will continue to be the top destination for legal cannabis in Orange County thanks to several new measures approved by the Santa Ana City Council that will lower tax rates and allow marijuana consumption lounges and events. … Continued

New 2022 California Building Standards Code

The State updates the California Code of Regulations (Title 24) every three years. The current edition is the 2019 California Code of Regulations. The new 2022 California Building Standards Code will go into effect on January 1, 2023. All construction project applications submitted on or after that date must comply with the provisions of the … Continued

Become one of multiple partners helping CalEPA co-create a community science model

The California Environmental Protection Agency (CalEPA) is inviting Community Based Organizations (CBOs) from throughout California to co-create a community science model to inform future CalEPA community research projects. The model is intended to be widely relevant to any California community interested in community science work and youth engagement. They are looking for CBOs interested and/or … Continued

City wins Orange County Business Council award for MainPlace Mall plan

At last night’s annual awards ceremony, the Orange County Business Council (OCBC) awarded City of Santa Ana the top Turning Red Tape into Red Carpet award for Building & Land Reuse Community Revitalization for the MainPlace Specific Plan. The award recognizes jurisdictions and government agencies for their efforts to adopt streamlining measures that enhance customer … Continued

Revised Housing Element available for public review

The General Plan Housing Element provides a long-range policy guide on the production, improvement, and preservation of housing for the next eight years (2021-2029 planning period). The revised July 2022 Housing Element Draft is now available for public review on our website. The latest draft includes revisions addressing comments received on the February 2022 Draft … Continued

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