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File #: 21-520    Version: 1 Name: 2015-2023 Housing Element Update Kick Off
Type: Staff Report Status: Agenda Ready
In control: City Council
Meeting Date: 9/13/2021 Final action:
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Staff Report for a Work Session on the 2023-2031 Housing Element Update and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process
Sponsors: Tom Liao
Attachments: 1. 3.A. 2023-2031 Housing Element Update and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process, 2. ecomments_export 09132021, 3. Updated HE Kick Off 091321
Related files: 21-446, 21-430
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Staff Report for a Work Session on the 2023-2031 Housing Element Update and Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Process

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SUMMARY AND RECOMMENDATIONS

The Housing Element, a mandatory element of a city's General Plan, provides goals, policies, and actions that help cities plan for the existing and projected housing needs for all income levels of the community. The Housing Element Update addresses a range of housing issues such as affordability, diversity of housing types, allowable density and project locations, housing for those with special needs, and fair housing for disadvantaged communities of concern. In addition, it establishes goals, policies, and programs that will guide the City of San Leandro's decision-making around the development of housing to address existing and projected needs with a mix of housing opportunities that will serve a range of income levels.

State legislation requires that local agencies update their Housing Elements every eight years. The next Housing Element Update for the period covering 2023-2031, known as the 6th Cycle, must be adopted by the City Council by January 31, 2023. The State also establishes a series of very specific requirements as to the scope, content, and process by which a housing element is updated and adopted, including review and approval (known as certification) by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

The City hired a consultant team led by Rincon Consultants to provide necessary technical expertise and to assist with public outreach efforts to ensure that the City delivers a State-compliant Housing Element reflective of San Leandro's values and diversity. This report also provides an update on the status of the 6th Cycle Housing Element process that is currently underway, including the most recent estimated Regional Housing Needs Allocation for San Leandro and remaining steps in the process.

BACKGROUND

State Requirements

Having a Housing Element that is...

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