Housing Element Update Process & Status
As required by State Law, the City has embarked upon the General Plan Housing Element Update process in order to ensure its completion and submittal to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) prior to the State mandated 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 Preliminary 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 Preliminary Draft Housing Element to the City Council for review and comments.
On September 17, 2013, the Preliminary Draft Housing Element was presented to the City Council for review and comments. At the meeting, the Council continued the public hearing to October 1st and directed Staff to return with the following: 1) Information regarding the property along Western Avenue where the property owner expressed interest in the possibility of mixed used housing; 2) Pros and cons of self-certification of the Housing Element; 3) Income levels as defined by Los Angeles County; and 4) An explanation of how the other Peninsula cities deal with the Housing Element and Regional Housing Needs Assessment requirements.
On October 1, 2013, the City Council received public comments; reviewed additional information prepared by Staff; provided additional feedback on the document; and directed Staff to forward the Preliminary Draft Housing Element to HCD for review and feedback.
On October 10, 2013, the Preliminary Draft Housing Element was transmitted to HCD for review.
On November 27, 2013, HCD Staff telephoned City Staff with comments and recommended changes to the Element. Provided that certain changes are made by the City, HCD notified City Staff that the Preliminary Draft Housing Element would address the statutory requirements of State housing element law and would be certified.
The City is required to adopt its Final Housing Element within 120 calendar days from the statutory due date of October 15, 2013, which is February 12, 2014. Accordingly, duly noticed public hearings have been scheduled for the January 28, 2014 Planning Commission meeting and February 4, 2014 City Council meeting for the certification of a Negative Declaration in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and adoption of the Final Housing Element. Upon City Council adoption, the Final Housing Element will be transmitted to HCD for certification.
All versions of the “Draft Housing Element” can be accessed via the links below.
All interested parties are invited to submit written comments on the Draft Housing Element and to attend and give testimony at the January 28, 2014 Planning Commission and February 4, 2014 City Council public hearings. Written comments should be sent via U.S. Mail or email (firstname.lastname@example.org) to the attention of Associate Planner, So Kim by January 21, 2014 for inclusion within a final Staff Report for the Planning Commission and by January 28, 2014 for the City Council. Written comments submitted after these dates will be given to the Commission and Council at their respective meetings. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to receive future information and notification of future public hearings regarding the Housing Element, please subscribe to the email list server group for the Housing Element Update by clicking here.
City Hall will be closed for the Holidays as of December 23, 2013 (Monday) and will re-open on January 2, 2014 (Thursday).