Review the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element for 2021 to 2029!
On June 21, 2022 City Council directed staff to submit the updated draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021 to 2029) to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their review. The draft was updated to address concerns and comments received from HCD, received on February 8, 2022. Once the draft is deemed in compliance by HCD, staff will move forward with adoption processes later in the summer of 2022. For information on upcoming adoption hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council, see the Upcoming Events page.
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ADU Accelerator Grant Program
The City has received funding from the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) to help accelerate accessory dwelling unit (ADU) production as part of the solution to address the State's housing crisis. As part of the grant, a workshop was held to get input from the community as the City develops a new process and handbook to make building an ADU easier. For information on the workshop, or for more updates on progress made to accelerate ADU production, see the new ADU Grant page.
The City of Santa Monica has Released the Final Housing Element EIR for Public Review
The Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the 6th Cycle Housing Element has been completed and is available for review online. The Final EIR responds to the comments received on the Draft EIR and includes the Draft EIR with text revisions. The Final EIR will be submitted to the City Planning Commission and City Council for requested certification and action on the Project. A virtual online Planning Commission public hearing for the project will be held on September 24, 2021.
The Draft Suitable Sites Inventory
Components of the Housing Element
The components of the Housing Element are largely dictated by the State and typically must include:
- A detailed analysis of the City’s demographic, economic, and housing characteristics.
- A comprehensive analysis of the barriers to producing and preserving housing.
- A review of the City’s progress in implementing current housing policies and programs.
- An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan.
- A list of sites (aka the Suitable Sites Inventory) that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet the quantified housing number established in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site. If there are insufficient sites and capacity to meet the RHNA allocation, then the Housing Element is required to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity.
Schedule for Updating the Housing Element
As required by State law, the revised Housing Element must be certified by the Santa Monica City Council no later than October 15, 2021, or the City of Santa Monica could lose eligibility for significant sources of State funding. The City’s anticipated timeline and steps for revising the Housing Element can be found on the Project Timeline page.
Contact the planning team directly at HousingUpdate@smgov.net.
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