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Housing Initiative

Welcome Home: Creating a More Affordable Future

Thank you to everyone who participated in the first round of community engagement in the Welcome Home initiative. We had over 190 participants!  

We have compiled a summary of the input and had a joint study session with the City Council and Planning Commission on October 26 (click here to access the packet).

Our third meeting with the Housing Advisory Group was on November 19th. The presentation slides for that meeting can be found here and the summary of input is here

We look forward to sharing the draft strategy document in early 2021! In the meantime, be sure you're signed up on the project's email list and have a safe and joyful holiday season!

Welcome Home is a planning and action initiative to create more diverse and affordable housing options that can help secure Pacific Grove’s social, physical and economic well-being now and into the future. 

The one-year process started in Spring 2020 and will continue through Spring 2021. It is funded by an SB2 planning grant from the State of California. The work is being guided by City staff, Council and an appointed Advisory Group of community representatives, including elected and appointed officials, business leaders, housing experts, service providers and residents. The City has hired the firm of Baird + Driskell Community Planning to lead the project.

Specific priorities will be defined through the process, including near-term actions and longer term strategies that can help increase the amount and range of housing choices in our community, with a focus on meeting the housing needs of lower income households and people with special housing needs.

Sign up for the Welcome Home email list to keep up to date!

The City Manager has appointed a Housing Advisory Group that will meet between now and early 2021 to:

  • Provide strategic input and feedback on the project’s analysis and findings; assist with evaluation of policy and program alternatives; and help shape recommended actions.

  • Provide input on the community outreach and engagement strategy and tactics, helping to ensure an inclusive and meaningful process.

  • Engage in respectful debate about potential tradeoffs between alternative strategies, ensuring that multiple perspectives are heard and weighed and potential consequences considered.

  • Serve as liaisons as appropriate to groups they represent and ambassadors to the larger community.

Advisory group members were selected to ensure representation of City elected and appointed decision makers, local employers. housing developers and realtors, special housing needs groups and regional housing groups. The Advisory Group members are:

  • Rosemarie Axton, Interfaith Homeless Emergency Shelter Program

  • Sarah Boyle, Chair, Pacific Grove Architectural Review Board

  • Matt Huerta and Emmy Hamm, Monterey Bay Economic Partnership

  • Jan Lindenthal, MidPen Housing

  • Barbara Martinez, Pacific Grove Unified School District

  • Maureen Mason, Realtor

  • Jenny McAdams, Pacific Grove Councilmember

  • Barbara Meister, Monterey Bay Aquarium

  • Donald Murphy, Chair, Pacific Grove Planning Commission

  • Bill Peake, Mayor of Pacific Grove

  • Maribel Trejo, Alliance on Aging

  • Jon Walton, Pacific Grove Unified School District Boardmember

  • Anastacia Wyatt, Monterey County Housing Program

  • Rev. Kristine Johnson, St. Mary's by-the-Sea Episcopal Church

  • Christine Winge, Meals on Wheels of the Monterey Peninsula

The Welcome Home project started in May 2020 and will be completed by March 2021. During that time, a sequence of advisory group meetings, community workshops and input from the City Council and Planning Commission will review analysis results, help evaluate alternative strategies, and shape the recommendations and priorities for action.

The graphic below illustrates the core project activities and schedule.

Welcome Home Process Timeline



David Driskell, Project Manager, Baird + Driskell Community Planning

Terri Schaeffer, Pacific Grove Housing Manager