Planning Major Projects - Housing Element Amendment

Project Name: Housing Element Amendment

Applicant: City of Huntington Beach

Location: City Wide

Project Summary

The Housing Element is one of the seven State-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan and was last updated in 2013 for the 2013-2021 planning period pursuant to California Government Code Section 65588. The Housing Element identifies and assesses the City’s existing and projected housing needs and provides an inventory of constraints and resources relevant to meeting these needs. The housing element must also identify how the City will meet its share of the regional housing need, commonly referred to as RHNA.Project Name: Housing Element Amendment 

Applicant: City of Huntington Beach 

Location: City Wide 

Project Summary 

The Housing Element is one of the seven State-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan and was last updated in 2013 for the 2013-2021 planning period pursuant to California Government Code Section 65588. The Housing Element identifies and assesses the City’s existing and projected housing needs and provides an inventory of constraints and resources relevant to meeting these needs. The housing element must also identify how the City will meet its share of the regional housing need, commonly referred to as RHNA.

***UPDATE***

On June 23, 2015, the State Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD) wrote a letter to the City stating that the Housing Element of the General Plan was out of compliance with State Housing Element law. One of the requirements is to identify residential sites with capacities to accommodate 410 lower income dwelling units in order to comply with Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers. 

On March 7, 2016, the City Council denied the proposed amendment to the City’s Housing Element which included seven sites for future rezoning to higher residential densities (30 to 35 units per acre) in order to comply with State Housing Element law.  There are currently no City-initiated plans to change any properties to higher residential densities to accommodate affordable housing.  

For further information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661 or jvillasenor@surfcity-hb.org.

Project Status: Planning

Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor

Last Updated: January 10, 2017

Attachments: N/A

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