Ordinance No. 719

NOTICE OF THE ADOPTION OF
AN URGENCY ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SOLEDAD
ESTABLISHING A TEMPORARY MORATORIUM ON H-2A WORKER HOUSING

On September 19, 2018, a four-fifths majority of the Soledad City Council took action
to temporarily halt the establishment of housing for H-2A workers in all zoning districts in the
City in order to protect against adverse health, safety and welfare impacts and to give the
Planning Commission and City Council adequate time to discuss, consider and adopt permanent
Code provisions regarding such housing. The moratorium prohibits the use of residential
dwellings for H-2A housing in all districts in which residential housing is allowed in the City,
unless otherwise allowed by law, prohibits the establishment of any residential housing complex,
defined as a living unit (such as a large dormitory) or units meant for housing a multitude of H2A
workers in all zoning districts in the City, and prohibits the conversion of existing structures
such as apartments and hotels for H-2A worker use in all zoning districts. The ordinance
provides an exception for single family dwellings, housing complexes and conversions already in
use for H-2A housing, and for dwelling units, housing complexes and conversions whose owners
can provide proof that they have already entered into a contact for such use as part of the Federal
H-2A Visa Program. Any such excepted use must provide proof of compliance with State and
Federal laws concerning H-2A housing.
As an urgency ordinance, Ordinance No. 719 took effect immediately upon adoption and will
remain in effect for a period of forty-five (45) days unless extended by action of the City Council
at a subsequent noticed public hearing.