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The City of Atascadero has an inclusionary housing policy which makes affordable housing opportunities available within the City. This policy requires development projects with discretionary approval, such as planned developments, to provide deed restricted residential units to people and families of very low, low, and moderate incomes.

Significant changes in the housing market have created new conditions that affect the City’s affordable housing program. While the City will continue to implement its inclusionary housing program, some adjustments are warranted by economic conditions in order to remove unnecessary barriers to the sale of affordable housing units. For more information regarding the sale of affordable housing units in Atascadero, please contact Lynda Horejsi in the City of Atascadero’s Administrative Services Department to discuss your options. She can be reached at (805) 470-3428 or lhorejsi@atascadero.org.

When Buying or Selling a deed restricted affordable unit, the City requires the following documentation to be submitted:

  1. Purchase Contract
  2. Real Estate Certification Form
  3. Escrow Contact Information
  4. Escrow Instructions
  5. Preliminary Title Report
  6. Appraisal
  7. Copy of Grant Deed with Vesting information
  8. 1st Lender(s) Trust Deed(s) and Promissory Notes
  9. Certification from HASLO or other approved Administering Agency

Once all the above information is received, the City will prepare and submit the appropriate documents to the Escrow Company.

Please note: Preparation of City documents for submission to escrow requires ten (10) to fifteen (15) business days.

How can I find affordable houses currently on the market?
Please be aware that the City of Atascadero does not own or manage affordable units. Contact a Realtor or Real Estate Agent for information on properties for sale. The City does not keep a list of affordable units for sale.

What affordable standards does the City of Atascadero use?
To find out if you qualify for affordable rental or ownership housing, visit San Luis Obispo County’s Affordable Housing website. The City of Atascadero uses the County’s Affordable Housing Standards to determine qualifying income limits as well as maximum rents and sales prices for each income category. All affordable housing units currently for sale in Atascadero are under the “Coastal Zone – Old Formula” for income limits and rental / sales prices. Development projects approved after July 2009 will be under the County’s “new formula,”which applies to new projects in both the Coastal and Inland portions of the County.

How do I get certified?
Potential buyers must be screened for eligibility and certified as income qualified to purchase an affordable unit. The City of Atascadero has identified the San Luis Obispo County Housing Authority (HASLO) and Peoples' Self-Help Housing Corporation as entities to provide eligibility and income qualifying services. There is a cost for these services.

For information regarding County of San Luis Obispo affordable housing programs, please contact Dana Lilley at (805) 781-5600.

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Existing conditions

The City of Atascadero (City) regulates the installation of septic systems based on the requirements set forth in the Central Coast Regional Water Quality Control Board (RWQCB) Basin Plan, which was approved by the State of California (State) in 1983. The Basin Plan is the RWQCB’s master water quality control planning document.

Also in 1983, the RWQCB adopted a General Waiver of Waste Discharge Requirements (WDR). This waiver empowers the City to independently review and approve the installation of septic systems, without requiring an individual State waste discharge permit for every project. This waiver is currently incorporated into chapters 4 and 5 of the Basin Plan.

This arrangement between the City and the RWQCB has been successfully functioning for almost 30 years.

Proposed changes

At its May 5, 2011 board meeting, staff will propose that the RWQCB adopt changes to its existing Basin Plan. A tentative staff report for the May 5th meeting, outlining the proposed changes to the Basin Plan, can be viewed here. Revisions to chapter 4 (Implementation) of the Basin Plan, can be viewed here (in underline/strikeout format).

The following are a few of the most significant changes that would result from the proposed revisions to the existing Basin Plan:

  • Require the City to develop a Septic System Management Plan, for approval by the RWQCB.
  • Require the City to align its Municipal Code with the Basin Plan.
  • Require the City to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the RWQCB to regulate its own septic system.

How these changes would impact you

Increased costs: All costs associated with: 1) development of a Septic System Management Plan, 2) expanded monitoring of septic systems and ground/surface water, and 3) new and expanded bureaucracy, would be borne by the residents of the City.

New restrictions on property rights: Changes to the Basin Plan would create a whole new level of bureaucracy. New property restrictions, established by the RWQCB, would need to be enforced by the City. These new restrictions would include:

  • prohibition of secondary residences on parcels under 2-acres;
  • installation of 100% expansion area, and reserve room for an additional 100% expansion; and
  • prohibition of self-regulating water softeners.

Property intrusion: All properties with a septic system would require physical inspection. Instead of allowing residents to manage their own septic systems, the City will be required to:

  • "identify" and "address" areas of potential groundwater and or surface water that may be degraded by septic systems; and
  • "verify" that existing and proposed systems are constructed and maintained in accordance with State standards.

Residents should be aware that all associated cost and activities would not be a “one time” occurrence, but would rather continue on into perpetuity. In addition to the costs residents would incur to complete the above tasks, residents will also need to cover costs associated with:

  • development and implementation of an on-going public information program on proper maintenance and operation of septic systems;
  • obtaining, storing, and maintaining availability of as-built construction plans for septic systems installed within the City; and
  • recording notices of septic system related enforcement actions against properties.

What you can do

As previously stated, the City’s current process of managing and regulating its septic systems was established in 1983. The City feels that this process has provided residents with a flexible and economical way of establishing and maintaining their septic systems.

If you agree, please, contact the RWQCB at: (805) 549-3147, or the State Water Resources Control Board (SWRCB) at: (916) 341-5254. A list of phone contacts for the RWQCB is located here, and a list of phone contacts for the SWRCB is located here. Residents can also e-mail the RWQCB or State Water Resources Control Board. Contact information with regards to e-mail for the RWQCB is located here, and contact information for the State Water Resources Control Board is located here.

For those who would like to attend the May 5th RWQCB board meeting, the meeting will be taking place at its San Luis Obispo office. The agenda and directions to the meeting can be found here.

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Sand is available free of charge at Fire Station 1 located at 6005 Lewis Avenue as well as the parking lot at the Atascadero Lake Park.

You must, however, purchase your own sand bags, which are available at any of the vendors listed on this page.

 

ATASCADERO SANDBAG VENDORS:

 

DeCOU LUMBER, 8965 EL CAMINO, ATAS.

Tel 466-2535

HOME DEPOT, 905 EL CAMINO, ATAS.

Tel 464-0960

MINERS, 9370 EL CAMINO, ATAS.

Tel 466-0270

GRISANTI, 5890 ENTRADA, ATAS.

Tel 466-0553

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WEED ABATEMENT PROGRAM

  The deadline for weed/refuse abatement compliance is June 1


On June 1, 2015, the City's contractor  begins the abatement process for parcels that are not in compliance. The contractor's fees, as well as applicable City and County fees/fines are assessed on the County's tax roll.




Help the fire department prepare for fire season by clearing weeds.

It’s that time of the year again, and residents of Atascadero are encouraged to get an early start on weed abatement. The Atascadero City Fire Department’s mission, through its hazard reduction program, is to eliminate vegetative growth and/or refuse which may constitute a fire or life and safety hazard.

Initial field inspections began the first week of April, 2015, to identify parcels that have hazardous vegetative growth and/or refuse. Following the inspections, letters will be mailed to the property owners that have hazardous weeds and/or refuse on their property, requesting them to remove the hazards.

Property owners have until June 1, 2015 to complete the required abatement of the noxious weeds and/or refuse. If the abatement is not done by June 1st, the city’s weed abatement contractor will be authorized to clear the hazardous weeds and/or refuse for the residents.

If the City contractor must clear the weeds and/or refuse, the individual property owner’s tax assessment will include the contractor’s cost of abatement as well as a 150% administrative fee.

“The weather in April and May varies greatly from year to year and rain can be common after property owners have cut their parcels,” said Fire Chief Kurt Stone. “However, it is critically important to the overall safety of our community that property owners maintain their weeds/seasonal grass to 4” in length, year round so we can prevent small fires from becoming large,” said Stone.

Per the City of Atascadero Municipal Code, Title 6 Health and Sanitation, Chapter 13 Removal of Vegetative Growth and/or Refuse, Section 6-1.08 Notice to Destroy or Remove Vegetative Growth and/or Refuse and Ordinance No. 371, the following guidelines are to be adhered to:

The Fire Chief has established the following requirements:

CLEARANCE  REQUIREMENTS
OF VEGETATIVE GROWTH (NOXIOUS WEEDS)
Maximum height of 4 inches;

a) Located within 100 feet of any building or structure,
     or to the property line, whichever is nearer;
b) Located within 50 feet from the edge of any improved roadway;
c) Located within 50 feet from each property line;
d) Located within 10 feet on each side of driveways.

 

EXEMPTIONS:

Exemptions shall apply to any land beyond 50 feet from improved streets, as declared by the City, State or Federal Government, which has been acquired or is managed, for one or more of the following purposes:

a) Animal pastures and agricultural fields growing hay or grains. The interior portion of fenced pastures where the quantity of livestock significantly reduces the vegetative growth, therefore bringing the parcel into compliance. Agricultural fields must be cut at harvest time. Uncut hay and grain is subject to abatement.

b) Habitat for endangered or threatened species or any species that is a candidate for listing as an endangered or threatened species by the State of California or Federal Government.

c) Land kept in a predominantly natural state as habitat for wildlife, plant, or animal communities.

d) Open space lands that are environmentally sensitive parklands.

e) Other lands having scenic values.

Abatement requirements shall remain in effect in waterways where flood preparation measures and emergency flood control mitigation is necessary.

1) This exemption applies whether the land or water are held in fee title or any lesser interest.  This exemption applies to any public agency, and private entity that has dedicated the land or water areas to one or more of those purposes or uses, or any combination of public agencies and private entities making that decision.

2) This section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of properly authorized prescribed burning to improve the biological function of land or to assist in the restoration of desired vegetation.

3) In the event that any lands adjacent to land or water areas, as described above, are improved such that they are subject to this chapter, the obligation to comply with Section 6-13.04 shall be with the person owning, leasing, controlling, operating, or maintaining the occupied dwelling or occupied structure on the improved lands.  All maintenance, activities, and other fire prevention measures required by Section 6-13.04 shall be required only for the improved land, and water areas as described above.

 

Questions regarding weed abatement may be directed to 805-470-3300 or by writing to: City of Atascadero, Fire Department, Fire Marshal, 6005 Lewis Ave., Atascadero, CA 93422.

 

 

VEGATATIVE GROWTH AND/OR REFUSE ABATEMENT REQUIREMENTS

Atascadero Municipal Code
Title 6 - Health & Sanitation
Chapter 13 - Removal of Vegetative Growth and/or Refuse

 

6-13.01 Generally
6-13.02 Definitions
6-13.03 Vegetative growth and/or refuse are public nuisances
6-13.04 Clearance of vegetative growth
6-13.05 Exemption to Section 6-13.04
6-13.06 Drainage
6-13.07 Superseding of Uniform Fire Code(UFC)
6-13.08 Notice to destroy or remove vegetative growth and/or refuse
6-13.09 Form of notice
6-13.10 Hearing of objections
6-13.11 Order to abate nuisance
6-13.12 Destruction and removal of vegetative growth and/or refuse by City
6-13.13 Account and report of cost of abatement
6-13.14 Notice of report and hearing
6-13.15 Hearing of report: Modification: Confirmation of report
6-13.16 Report to Assessor and Tax Collector: Filing copy of report with County Auditor
6-13.17 Collection of assessment: Penalties and procedures for foreclosure

 

Exhibit A
Exhibit B

 

6-13.01 Generally

Whenever the Fire Chief or his authorized representative shall find vegetative growth, as described in Section 6-13.04, and/or refuse upon any property, lands, or lots in the City, which in his opinion is or may become a fire hazard or a health and safety hazard, he shall have cause to give to the owner of said property a notice to remove such vegetative growth and/or refuse which may constitute a hazard in the manner hereinafter provided in this part. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.02 Definitions

The following words, when used in this part, shall be defined as follows unless otherwise indicated:

  1. “City” means the City of Atascadero.
  2. “Council” means City Council of the City.
  3. “Drainage” means any ditch, culvert, and/or pipe used as a means of public drainage or drainage control.
  4. “Fire Chief” means the Fire Chief or authorized representative of the Fire Chief.
  5. “Noxious weeds” means dry flammable grass or stubble greater than four (4) inches in height.
  6. “Property” means and include lands, lots, drainage structures, drainage ways, and/or drainage easements.
  7. “Refuse” means waste matter, appliances, abandoned automobiles, junk, litter, trash, debris, dirt, cut vegetative growth, dead trees which threaten structures or streets, tin cans, paper, waste material of every kind, or other unsanitary substance, object, or condition which is, or when dry, may become a fire hazard, or which is or may become a menace to health, safety, or welfare.
  8. “Street” means public streets, alleys, parkways, sidewalks, and areas between sidewalks and curbs.
  9. “Vegetative growth” means flammable vegetation and combustible growth. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

 

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6-13.03 Vegetative growth and/or refuse are public nuisances

The City Council may declare, by resolution in accordance with Sections 39561—39700 of the Government Code, that vegetative growth, as described in Section 6-13.04 of this chapter, and/or refuse, which are, or may become, a hazard upon or in front of private property to the center line of adjoining streets in the City, are public nuisances.

Also, it is unlawful for any property owner in the City to cause or permit any vegetative growth, as described in Section 6-13.04 of this chapter, and/or refuse to remain on any real property in the City or on portions of streets adjoining such real property to the centerline of such streets. It shall be the duty of every such person to destroy such vegetative growth and remove or destroy such refuse. The City Council may also declare vegetative growth, as seasonal and recurring nuisances. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.04 Clearance of vegetative growth

Any person owning property in the City shall:

  1. Maintain around structures, a firebreak made by removing and clearing away, for a distance of not less than thirty (30) feet on each side thereof or to the property line, whichever is nearer, all flammable vegetation or combustible growth. This subsection does not apply to single specimens of trees, ornamental shrubbery, or similar plants that are used as groundcover, if they do not form a means of rapidly transmitting fire from the native growth to any building or structure.
  2. Mow dry noxious weeds which are located within one hundred (100) feet of any building or structure, or to the property line, whichever is nearer.
  3. Mow dry noxious weeds fifty (50) feet from the edge of improved roadways, fifty (50) feet from each property line, and ten (10) feet on each side of driveways.
  4. Remove that portion of any tree that extends within ten (10) feet of the outlet of any chimney or stovepipe.
  5. Maintain any tree adjacent to or overhanging any building free of dead wood.
  6. Provide and maintain, at all times, a screen over the outlet of every chimney or stovepipe that is attached to any fireplace, stove, or other device that burns any solid or liquid fuel. The screen shall be constructed of nonflammable material with openings of not more than one-half inch in size. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.05 Exemption to Section 6-13.04

An exemption from Section 6-13.04 of this chapter shall apply to any land beyond fifty (50) feet from improved streets, as declared by the City, State or Federal Government, which has been acquired or is managed, for one or more of the following purposes:

  1. Animal pastures and agricultural fields growing hay or grains. The interior portion of fenced pastures where the quantity of livestock significantly reduces the vegetative growth, therefore bringing the parcel into compliance. Agricultural fields must be cut at harvest time. Uncut hay and grain is subject to abatement;
  2. Habitat for endangered or threatened species, or any species that is a candidate for listing as an endangered or threatened species by the State of California or Federal Government;
  3. Land kept in a predominantly natural state as habitat for wildlife, plant, or animal communities;
  4. Open space lands that are environmentally sensitive parklands;
  5. Other lands having scenic values.

Abatement requirements shall remain in effect in waterways where flood preparation measures and emergency flood control mitigation is necessary.

  1. This exemption applies whether the land or water are held in fee title or any lesser interest. This exemption applies to any public agency, and private entity that has dedicated the land or water areas to one or more of those purposes or uses, or any combination of public agencies and private entities making that decision.
  2. This section shall not be construed to prohibit the use of properly authorized prescribed burning to improve the biological function of land or to assist in the restoration of desired vegetation.
  3. In the event that any lands adjacent to land or water areas, as described above, are improved such that they are subject to this chapter, the obligation to comply with Section 6-13.04 shall be with the person owning, leasing, controlling, operating or maintaining the occupied dwelling or occupied structure on the improved lands. All maintenance, activities and other fire prevention measures required by Section 6-13.04 shall be required only for the improved land and water areas as described above. (Ord. 371 § 1, 2000: Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.06 Drainage

With the permission of the permitting agencies with jurisdiction over the area in question, any drainage shall be cleaned and maintained in a manner that does not restrict the natural or engineered flow of water. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.07 Superseding of Uniform Fire Code(UFC)

This chapter supersedes the Uniform Fire Code, Appendix II-A, Sections 16 and 17. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.08 Notice to destroy or remove vegetative growth and/or refuse

In the event the person or persons owning, occupying, renting, managing, or controlling any real property in the City shall fail to remove therefrom and from the portions of streets adjoining such property all vegetative growth, as described in Section 6-13.04, and/or refuse in accordance with the provisions of this part, it shall be the duty of the Fire Chief or his authorized representatives to notify such person(s) to remove the same.

The City Council may direct the City Clerk, in accordance with Section 39567.1 of the Government Code, to mail written notice of the proposed abatement to all persons owning property described in the resolution. The City Clerk shall cause such written notice to be mailed to each person to whom such described property is assessed in the last equalized assessment roll available on the date the resolution was adopted by the City Council. The address of the owner(s) shown on the assessment roll shall be conclusively deemed to be the proper address for the purpose of mailing such notice. Such notice shall be mailed at least fourteen (14) days prior to the time fixed for hearing objections by the City Council. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.09 Form of notice

The notice shall be substantially in the following form:

NOTICE TO DESTROY VEGETATIVE GROWTH AND/OR REMOVE REFUSE

Notice is hereby given on the________________day of_______________, 20yy, the City Council passed a resolution declaring that (insert the appropriate hazard: noxious weeds, vegetative growth, refuse, etc.) constitute a (insert the appropriate term: fire hazard, or health and safety hazard) which must be abated by the (insert the appropriate phrase: cutting of said noxious weeds, or removal of said health and safety hazard). If the owner does not abate the hazard it will be abated by the City and the cost of the removal assessed upon the County property tax bill, and will constitute a lien upon such land until paid. Reference is hereby made to the resolution for further particulars and Ordinance No. 337. A copy of said resolution is on file in the office of the City Clerk.

 

All property owners having any objections to the proposed removal of the hazard are hereby notified to attend a meeting of the City Council of the City of Atascadero to be held__________, when their objections will be heard and given due consideration.

 

Dated this______________day of_____________,20yy.

 

_______________
Fire Chief
City of Atascadero

 

(Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.10 Hearing of objections

At the time stated in the notices, the Council shall hear and consider all objections to the proposed removal of vegetative growth and/or refuse.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the Council shall allow or overrule any objections. At that time, the City acquires jurisdiction to proceed and perform the work of abatement. The decision of the Council is final. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.11 Order to abate nuisance

If objections have not been made or after the Council has disposed of those made, it shall order the Fire Chief to abate the nuisance(s). (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.12 Destruction and removal of vegetative growth and/or refuse by City

In the event the person or persons owning, occupying, renting, managing, or controlling real property in the City shall fail to remove or destroy vegetative growth and/or refuse, in accordance with provisions of this ordinance within ten (10) calendar days after the hearing of objections an order to abate nuisance, it shall be the duty of the Fire Chief and his deputies, assistants, employees, contacting agent, or other representatives to destroy or remove such vegetative growth and/or refuse. They are expressly authorized to enter upon private property for such purpose. It is unlawful for any person to interfere, hinder, or refuse to allow them to enter upon private property for the purpose(s) to destroy or remove vegetative growth and/or refuse, in accordance with the provisions of this part. Any person owning, occupying, renting, managing, leasing, or controlling real property in the City shall have the right to destroy or remove vegetative growth and/or refuse, or have the same destroyed or removed at his own expense, at any time prior to the arrival of the Fire Chief or his authorized representatives for such purpose(s). (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.13 Account and report of cost of abatement

The Fire Chief or his authorized representatives shall keep an account of the cost of abatement for each separate lot or parcel of land. He shall submit such itemized written report, showing such cost, to the Council for confirmation. Such report shall refer to each separate lot or parcel of land by description sufficiently reasonable to identify the same, together with the expense proposed to be assessed against it, which shall include charges sufficient to pay for the administrative costs of the program. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.14 Notice of report and hearing

The City Clerk shall make available a copy of such report and assessment list at his/her office together with the notice of the filing thereof and of the time and place when and where it will be submitted to the Council for hearing and confirmation. The copy shall be available for at least five (5) calendar days prior to the submission of the Council. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.15 Hearing of report: Modification: Confirmation of report

At the time and place fixed for receiving and considering the report, the Council shall hear the same, together with any protests or objections of the property owners liable to be assessed for the abatement. Upon the conclusion of such hearing, the Council shall then confirm the report by motion and the amount thereof shall constitute a lien on the property assessed until paid. The confirmation of the assessment by the Council shall be final and conclusive. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.16 Report to Assessor and Tax Collector: Filing copy of report with County Auditor

A certified copy of the report shall be filed with the County Auditor on or before August 10th of each year for entry of such assessment of the County tax roll. In the event the report cannot be prepared in time for the County Auditor to enter the assessment on the next immediate tax roll, the certified copy may be filed with the County Auditor anytime before August 10th of the succeeding year. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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6-13.17 Collection of assessment: Penalties and procedures for foreclosure

The amount of the assessment shall be collected at the time and in the manner of ordinary municipal taxes. If delinquent, the amount is subject to the same penalties and procedure of foreclosure and sale provided for ordinary municipal taxes. (Ord. 337 § 1 (part), 1998)

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