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    November 07, 2018
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    November 6, 2018
    City to Hold Final H-2A Community Forum 


    The City of Santa Maria will be hosting its final meeting to discuss the H-2A temporary worker program, its importance to the region’s agricultural operations, and its potential impacts in City neighborhoods.  The Federal H-2A program allows American employers or agents who meet specific regulatory requirements to bring foreign nationals to this country to fill temporary agricultural jobs on a temporary basis.  The meeting will be held on Thursday, November 15th from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Minami Community Center, 600 West Enos Drive.

    This meeting will focus on a proposed ordinance City staff intends to submit to the Planning Commission and the City Council. If approved, the ordinance will require a conditional use permit for employee housing of seven or more employees in any dwelling in the R-1 and R-2 residential zoning districts.  The proposed ordinance will provide that this conditional use permit can be issued by the City’s “Zoning Administrator” and will not require review by the Planning Commission, unless appealed or if it is determined by the Zoning Administrator the matter qualifies for referral to the Planning Commission.  The proposed ordinance will also make employee housing (of any number of employees) a conditional use in the C-1 and C-2 commercial zoning districts.

    Input from the public and stakeholders concerning the proposed ordinance is encouraged and welcomed.

    Questions may be directed to the City Attorney’s Office at (805) 925-0951 extension 2310.

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