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SWJ Housing - Development & Consulting
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SWJ Housing partners with land owners, non-profit and market-rate developers, investors, and public agencies interested in joint development.   We bring a base of knowledge and a set of skills built on years of experience delivering successful affordable and workforce housing solutions.

Scott Johnson, President of SWJ Housing, has a wealth of experience in the full range of land development tasks, including:

  • Concept development and strategic planning
  • Site assessment and land acquisition
  • Entitlement and regulatory approvals
  • Community relations and collaboration
  • Design programming and management
  • Budgeting, financial structuring and due diligence
  • Project scheduling and contract administration
Las Palmas illustrative site plan

He has originated and managed numerous development projects, which are detailed below.  Many have involved complicated land use approvals, most have been financed through multiple sources of debt, equity, and subsidy, and all have relied on thoughtful and strategic public-private collaboration for their success.

Developments Led or Managed by Scott Johnson

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A mixed-income, mixed-use, and small lot neighborhood reflecting Smart Growth best practices in Terra Green - Windsor, CAthe areas of neighborhood enhancement, mix of uses and affordability levels, environmentally conscious place-making design, and transit and pedestrian oriented elements.  Terra Green is a $20M infill revitalization initiative that combines forty-three 2- and 3-story single family and condominium residences, along with 12,000+ sf of ground floor neighborhood-serving commercial uses.

Interim development financing provided through private equity and a conventional bank loan.  Permanent mortgage financing is to be provided by the Town of Windsor, the CA Housing Finance Agency, and other conventional lenders.  Merit Award and reservation of building allocations were received in 2006. 

A mixed-income, small lot subdivision combining 2- and 3-bedroom single family homes, built and Las Palmas - Fetters Hot Springs, CAfinanced for Sonoma County buyers earning modest incomes.   Las Palmas is an $20M initiative which combines residential, school, and public use improvements that compliment and enhance community development initiatives currently underway, and that add value to the immediate properties and to the broader community.  

Interim development financing provided through private equity and a conventional bank loan.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the County of Sonoma, the CA Housing Finance Agency and other conventional lenders.  Entitlement and Tentative Map approvals were received in May 2007.  Las Palmas is now in construction document prep stage, with a construction start scheduled in 2010.

A joint development proposal earning final RFP consideration by a Bay Area public railway authority,The Village at Railroad Square - Santa Rosa, CA The Village @ Railroad Square proposed a transit-oriented mixed-use neighborhood combining 236 for-sale and rental homes, multi-modal transit linkages, live-work space, community commons open space, and retail/office, including a Food & Wine Center destination.  The proposal combined a transit venue, a residential neighborhood containing a variety of housing types designed for a diverse socio-economic mix of renters and buyers, a commercial hub promoting a public market place and other neighborhood serving retail, and community commons open space accommodating active and passive public uses, an outdoor farmer’s market, performing arts, educational programming, and community events.

Standard lot, mixed-income subdivision combining single story manufactured housing technology Wisteria Homes - Petaluma, CAwith 2-story, site built modifications.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Use Permit, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low, low, and moderate income households.

Interim financing provided by conventional construction loan.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the City of Petaluma, the CA Housing Finance Agency, the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

  Springs Village is an eighty-unit family rental community combining a number of housing types to Springs Village - Fetters  Springs, CAaccommodate a variety of needs, including larger families, parents with and without children, and mobility impaired individuals.   One third of the units are reserved for households employed in the agricultural sector.   Amenities include a mobile health program provided by St. Joseph’s Health Foundation, on-site multi-use center, play area, a restored creek corridor, hardspaced courtyards, and a basketball court.  Springs Village was completed in 2005 with a development budget of $19,600,000 and a density of 18 units per acre achieved through General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Use Permit, and Lot Split approvals. 

Financed through mortgage revenue bonds, 4% tax credit equity, CA HCD MHP and Farm Labor Hsg Program, RCAC Ag Worker Health & Housing Program, Sonoma Redevelopment, HOME, and CDBG programs, the Federal Home Loan Bank’s AHP, and interim conventional construction loan.

Multifamily rental housing accommodating a variety of needs, including larger families, two parent Panas Place - Santa Rosa, CAand single parent households with and without children, and mobility impaired individuals.   Amenities include a community multi-use center with laundry facility, an adjoining play area, a number of smaller tot-lots, a basketball court, and hardscaped courtyards.   Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Lot Split.  Rents affordable to very-low and low income households.

Financed through mortgage revenue bonds, 4% tax credit equity, CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development, City of Santa Rosa Housing Authority, the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, and an interim conventional construction loan.

Multifamily rental housing for households employed in Sonoma County’s agricultural sector, Havest Grove - incorporating a multi-use community room, tot-lot, laundry facility, community vegetable garden, basketball court, public green spaces, and riparian creek.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Annexation.  Affordable rents for households earning very-low and low incomes.

Financed through the US Department of Agriculture-Rural Development, the City of Healdsburg, the County of Sonoma, and an interim conventional construction loan.

 An accessible/adaptable independent living rental community designed for persons with physical Grosman Apartments - Santa Rosa, CAdisabilities.  Combines 1- and 2-bedroom apartments with a multi-use community room with accessible laundry and kitchen facility, and an accessible landscaped common area courtyard.  

Financed through 9% tax credit equity, project-based Section 8 voucher program, the City of Santa Rosa, the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program, and an interim conventional construction loan.

Second phase of a small-lot common area subdivision combining detached and attached 2-story Saratoga Manor - Calistoga, CAhomes, and developed through owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map approvals.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income buyers. 

Interim financing provided by Rural Communities Assistance Corporation and Silicon Valley Bank.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the CA Housing Finance Agency, US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, US Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev., CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., the City of Calistoga Redevelopment Agency, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

A small-lot subdivision combining detached and duet 2-story homes, and developed through Meadowlark Homes - Forestville, CAowner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income buyers. 

Interim financing provided by Rural Communities Assistance Corporation and the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the CA Housing Finance Agency, US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., US Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev., and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

A small-lot common area subdivision combining detached and duet 2-story homes, and developed Joli Ranch - Cloverdale, CAthrough owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers. 

Interim financing provided by Rural Communities Assistance Corporation and the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the US Dept. of
Agriculture – Rural Development, CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., US Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev., and the City of Cloverdale Redevelopment Agency.

  A scattered site, small-lot inclusionary development combining detached and duet 2-story homes, Bellevue Ranch - Santa Rosa, CAand built through owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map approvals.   Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers.

Interim financing provided by Summit State Bank, Exchange Bank, the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., and the CA Housing Finance Agency.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the CA Housing Finance Agency, the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

  A small-lot subdivision combining 1- and 2-story detached, duet and triplex homes, developed Esmond Place - Windsor, CAthrough owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers. 

Interim and permanent financing was provided by the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., the US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, and the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev.

A small-lot subdivision combining 2-story duet homes, developed through owner-builder self-help Quarry Ridge - Healdsburg, CAhousing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers.

Interim financing provided by the Rural Communities Assistance Corporation and the City of Healdsburg Redevelopment Agency.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Dev., the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Dev., and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

A small-lot, common area subdivision combining 1- and 2-story detached and duet home, Citrus Gardens - Cloverdale, CAdeveloped through owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers.

Interim financing provided by CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development and the City of Cloverdale.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, and the County of Sonoma.

A small-lot, common area subdivision combining 2-story attached duplex and triplex homes, Twin Oaks - Windsor, CAdeveloped through owner-builder self-help housing program.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Use Permit, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers.

Interim financing provided by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the Town of Windsor, and a conventional construction loan.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, the Housing Assistance Council, and the County of Sonoma.

A small-lot, common area subdivision combining 2-story attached duplex and triplex homes.  Land use approvals included General Plan Amendment, Rezoning, Use Permit, and Final Map.  Homeownership rates affordable to very-low and low income homebuyers.

Interim financing provided by the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development and a conventional construction loan.  Permanent mortgage financing provided by the US Dept. of Agriculture – Rural Development, the CA Housing Finance Agency, Allied Bank, the County of Sonoma, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.