Community Development

Project Timeline

The Housing Element Update team kicked off the project in February 2020 by conducting preliminary studies and the housing needs assessment. The Housing Element must primarily demonstrate that the City has sufficient zoning capacity to accommodate its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation, which was finalized by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) on March 4, 2021.  The City is now drafting a Housing Element plan that will be available for public review in late Spring (June) 2021.

Community engagement is critical to the Housing Element Update process. In-person public meetings have not been possible due to the COVID-19 public assembly restrictions, but opportunities to provide virtual feedback began in summer 2020, including citywide virtual workshops and telephone town halls that were open to the public and available in both English and Spanish. A virtual open house is also available, which includes opportunity to see a detailed overview of the project and provide feedback anytime. The City has been conducting outreach with residents, businesses, affordable housing developers and advocates, homeless services providers, neighborhood associations, and property owners. Additional outreach meetings will take place virtually in Spring 2021. Due to the requirement for submitting an updated Housing Element to the state by October 2021, the overall project cannot be delayed because of COVID-19.  We will continue working on alternative strategies for public participation in the project while complying with Safer at Home and social distancing measures and will keep the community updated.

If you have suggestions or ideas or would like to share information about how your organization is conducting community engagement during COVID-19, we’d love to hear from you. Please email us at Stay tuned for further information regarding alternate forms of virtual participation and sign up for project emails to stay connected.

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