2013 Housing Element Update
State law recognizes the vital role local governments play in the supply and affordability of housing. Each governing body (City Council) of a local government in California is required to adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for the physical development of a City. The Housing Element is one of the seven mandated elements of the General Plan.
Housing Element law, enacted in 1969, mandates that cities adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. The law acknowledges that, in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, cities must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems which provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development.
As a result, housing policy in the State rests largely upon the effective implementation of local General Plans and, in particular, local Housing Elements. Housing Element law also requires the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to periodically review Housing Elements for compliance with State law and to report its written findings to the City. The last update to the City’s Housing Element was certified by the HCD in 2008 (click here to view a copy of the City’s current Housing Element). According to State law, the next Housing Element update is due to HCD by October 15, 2013.
As part of the Housing Element update, State law mandates the Development of a Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each City during a specified planning period. The RHNA does not necessarily encourage or promote growth, but rather allows communities to anticipate growth, so that collectively the region can grow in ways that enhances quality of life, improves access to jobs, promotes transportation mobility, and addresses social equity through fair share housing needs.
The RHNA Allocation Plan, which covers the planning period from October 2013 to October 2021, identifies a total of 31 new housing units needed for the City of Rancho Palos Verdes to accommodate growth during the planning period. As with all cities, Rancho Palos Verdes’ 31 units are segmented into specific income needs categories – 13 above moderate income units, 5 moderate income units, 5 low income units, and 8 very low income units. While the City is not required to construct these units, within the Housing Element, the City is required to identify programs and sites to address the need. The City is also required to address other housing needs within the Housing Element.
Housing Element Update Process
The City has recently embarked upon the Housing Element Update process in order to ensure its completion and submittal to HCD prior to the October 15, 2013 deadline. The City has retained a Housing consultant to work with Staff in drafting the Housing Element update.
On August 27, 2013 the Draft Housing Element was presented to the Planning Commission for review and comments. At the meeting, the Commission requested that Staff make minor modifications to the graphics and forward the Draft Housing Element to the City Council for review and comments. The City Council meeting has been scheduled for September 17, 2013. The Draft Housing Element is available ahead of the September 17th meeting to allow the Council and the public additional time to review the document. You can view a copy of the “Draft Housing Element” by clicking on the link below.
All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the Draft Housing Element and to attend and give testimony at the September 17, 2013 public hearing. Written comments should be sent via U.S. Mail or email (email@example.com) to the attention of Associate Planner, So Kim by September 10, 2013 for inclusion within a final Staff Report that will be prepared for the City Council’s September 17th meeting. Written comments submitted after September 10th will be given to the City Council at the meeting. Written materials, including emails, submitted to the City are public records and may be posted on the City’s website. In addition, City meetings may be televised and may be accessed through the City's website. Accordingly, you may wish to omit personal information from your oral presentation or written materials as it may become part of the public record.
Please contact the project manager, Associate Planner, So Kim, at (310) 544-5228 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions. If you contact Ms. Kim via email, please make sure that you receive an email response from her acknowledging that she received your email. If you do not receive an email response from Ms. Kim, then please contact her via the telephone number above. Further, if Ms. Kim is unavailable, then you may also contact Deputy Community Development Director, Mr. Gregory Pfost at the same phone number or via email at email@example.com.
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