The City Hosted a Housing Town Hall!
The City hosted two separate events of the same Housing Town Hall, one virtually on October 30, 2023 and another in person in the Council Chambers on November 8, 2023.
The Town Hall reviewed recent updates to the City’s Affordable Housing Production Program (AHPP) and how it relates to State Density Bonus Law. The goal was to help participants gain a better understanding of the affordable requirements for housing projects and how that provides them with additional development opportunity in compliance with State law. The Town hall went over the following:
- Updates to the AHPP and what the new requirements are for housing projects;
- How State Density Bonus Law works and what it provides to housing projects;
- How the AHPP and density bonus law work together to provide more housing; and
- Question and answer.
The event was held twice to allow for both virtual and in-person attendance. Please note that the same information was presented at both meetings. See below for details:
- Virtual Town Hall, Teams Live-Event
2. In-Person Town Hall, Council Chambers at City Hall
Recently Approved Streamlined Housing Projects
This list of projects represents the streamlined housing projects approved since the adoption of an interim zoning ordinance to streamline housing production, passed by the City Council on March 10th, 2020. The interim zoning ordinance was last extended on April 12, 2022 and under the IZO, projects that receive streamlined approval shall be posted online for the public to view.
For information on what types of projects are eligible for streamlining and the expected timeframes for review and approval, see this guide on Streamlined Housing Projects.Recently Approved Housing Projects
Review the Adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element for 2021 to 2029!
On Tuesday, October 11th, 2022, the City Council reviewed and adopted the final draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element. Following adoption, the City submitted the Housing Element to HCD for certification. On October 14th, 2022, HCD sent a letter to the City of Santa Monica deeming the adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element to be in full compliance with State Housing Element Law (see letter below).
On April 12th, 2023, City Staff at the direction of City Council submitted a letter to HCD requesting technical assistance regarding a potential amendment to the Certified 6th Cycle Housing Element. See below for a link to the letter and attachments sent to HCD.
Attachment A - Letter from Planning Commission to City Council (January 23, 2023)
Attachment B - Correspondence for City Council Study Session (February 22, 2023)
Download and read a copy of the Adopted Plan below:
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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. Subsequent to certification, an Addendum to the Final EIR was prepared in October 2022 to address the revisions made to the Housing Element.
The 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.
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