Housing Element Update (2021 to 2029) - Past Events


The City of Santa Monica has Released the Draft 2021 - 2029 Housing Element Update

Past Events

Missed out on any of the past Housing Element Update events? Check out the list below for a summary of events along with any associated materials or recordings. 

Draft Housing Element 2021 -2029 Draft Housing Element 2021 -2029 (REDLINE)

December 10, 2019 - City Council Housing Element Study Session 

Discussion and possible direction on work efforts related to housing policy including an update on recent state and regional housing production efforts and preliminary findings from Affordable Housing Production Program feasibility testing. 

October 30, 2020 - 6th Cycle 2021 to 2029 Housing Element Update Notice of Preparation

The City published a Notice of Preparation (NOP) announcing its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Housing Element Update. The NOP was released on October 30th for a 60-day review period, and all comments on the scope of the EIR were required to be submitted by December 31st.

November 12, 2020 (Morning) - Housing Element Update Webinar #1

First of three identical introductory webinars on the Housing Element Update Project. 

November 12, 2020 (Evening) - Housing Element Update Webinar #1

Second of three identical introductory webinars on the Housing Element Update Project. 

November 14, 2020 - Housing Element Update Webinar #1

Third of three identical introductory webinars on the Housing Element Update Project. 

November 18, 2020 - Planning Commission Housing Element Study Session

Housing Element Update: Introductory study session on the Housing Element progress, schedule, and public outreach and possible nomination of Planning Commissioner(s) to serve on the Housing Element Update Technical Working Groups.

December 3, 2020 - Housing Production Technical Working Group, Session #1

First session of the Housing Production Technical Working Group. Review of prior goals, policies, and programs for effectiveness.

December 9, 2020 - Planning Commission Study Session

Housing Element Update: Study session on the Housing Element Update including but not limited to progress, schedule public outreach, preliminary sites analysis, and review of goals and policies. 

December 10, 2020 - EIR Scoping Session

Housing Element Update: Study session on the Housing Element Update including but not limited to progress, schedule, public outreach, preliminary sites analysis, and review of goals and policies. 

December 10, 2020 - Rent Control Board Study Session

Housing Element Update: Introductory study session on the Housing Element progress, schedule, and public outreach and possible nomination of Board Member(s) to serve on the Housing Element Update Technical Working Groups.

December 11, 2020 - Housing Stability Technical Working Group, Session #1

First session of the Housing Stability Technical Working Group. Review of prior goals, policies, and programs for effectiveness.

December 11, 2020 - Housing Element Questionnaire

An introductory questionnaire to get feedback on the Housing Element goals and priorities was launched on November 14, 2020 and closed on December 11, 2020. A total of 450 responses were received.

December 15, 2020 - City Council Housing Element Study Session

Housing Element Update: Introductory study session on the Housing Element progress, schedule, and public outreach.

December 17, 2020 - Housing Production Technical Working Group, Session #2

Second session of the Housing Production Technical Working Group. Presentation by staff and consultant, HR&A, on the suitabe sites analysis and development feasibility analysis assumptions. 

January 7, 2021 - Housing Commission Study Session

Housing Element Update: Study session on the Housing Element Update including but not limited to progress, schedule, public outreach, preliminary sites analysis, and review of goals and policies. 

January 8, 2021 - Housing Stability Technical Working Group, Session #2

Second session of the Housing Stability Technical Working Group. Review of programs related to housing stability and proposal of new programs. The TWG only reviewed goal #3 programs, the remaining programs were reviewed in the third session on January 28, 2021.

January 20, 2021 - Planning Commission Update Discussion

Housing Element Update: Discussion with the Planning Commission on progress made on the Housing Element Update and comments heard from the Rent Control Board, City Council, and Housing Commission. 

January 22, 2021 - Housing Production Technical Working Group, Session #3

The third msession of the Housing Production Technical Working Group. This session focused on a discussion on the barriers to housing production. Additionally, the project consultant reviewed the development prototypes used to model housing feasibility. The TWG then broke into two small groups to provide feedback and comments. 

January 28, 2021 - Housing Stability Technical Working Group, Session #3

The third session of the Housing Stability Technical Working Group. This session continued the review of programs related to housing stability and the proposal of new programs. The TWG reviewed the remaining programs that were not discussed during the January 8, 2021 session. 

February 17, 2021 - Planning Commission Discussion

Discussion and possible recommendation to City Council on potential interim amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to establish temporary land use restrictions in order to retain potential housing sites pending the completion of the Housing Element Update.

Update, Discussion and Possible Action on Housing Element Update process, including, but not limited to, reports from technical working groups, upcoming milestones and public input opportunities, updates on project schedule, and potential issues for further study

February 18, 2021 - Housing Stability Technical Working Group, Session #4

Fourth session of the Housing Stability Technical Working Group. Review of the feasibility of proposed programs and development of draft concepts.

February 19, 2021 - Housing Production Technical Working Group, Session #4

Fourth session of the Housing Production Technical Working Group. Review of the HR&A preliminary results.

February 25, 2021 - Affordable Housing Development Roundtable

A roundtable discussion with affordable housing developers that work in Santa Monica and in the Los Angeles region. 

March 9, 2021 - City Council Hearing: Emergency Interim Zoning Ordinance

Introduction and adoption of an emergency interim zoning ordinance to establish temporary land use restrictions prohibiting non-residential development Citywide pending completion of the Housing Element Update.

March 16 & 17, 2021 - Planning Commission Housing Element Discussion

Discussion on and possible recommendation to City Council on draft concepts for the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2021-2029), including, but not limited to: 1) options for distribution of potential housing sites; 2) options for how to achieve capacity on sites with highest housing potential, with a focus on tools to support affordable housing; and 3) updates to housing programs to address the housing needs of existing residents.

March 30, 2021 - City Council Housing Element Discussion

Discussion on draft concepts for the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2021-2029), including, but not limited to: 1) options for distribution of potential housing sites; 2) options for how to achieve capacity on sites with highest housing potential, with a focus on tools to support affordable housing; and 3) updates to housing programs to address the housing needs of existing residents.

April 1, 2021 - Housing Commission Housing Element Discussion

Questions and brief discussion on draft concepts for the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2021-2029), including, but not limited to: 1) options for distribution of potential housing sites; 2) options for how to achieve capacity on sites with highest housing potential, with a focus on tools to support affordable housing; and 3) updates to housing programs to address the housing needs of existing residents. Additional discussion and recommendation scheduled for April 15, 2021. 

September 20th and 24th, 2021 - Planning Commission Review and Recommendation of Adoption of the 6th Cycle Housing Element

On September 24th, the Planning Commission recommended that the City Council adopt the 6th Cycle Housing Element with certain amendments.