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2004 housing measure leaves 50 affordable units unbuilt

Kimberly Rivers, Ojai Valley News correspondent

In 2004, 64.7 percent of voters in Ojai passed Measure G saying they wanted to allow up to 50 affordable rental housing units to be built for low-income seniors within the city limits. Since then, however, none have been built.

The California Constitution (Article 34) requires voter approval of low-rent housing projects. By approving Measure G, Ojai voters opened the door for a developer to propose a project meeting the requirements laid out in that measure. The city’s development process would still need to take place, but the costly voter approval requirement has been met.

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