Housing Element Update for Planning Period 2014-2021

For more
information,
contact
Don Dooley or
Sonya Lui at: 

Phone: 562-567-9320
Fax: 562-567-2872

E-mail:

Don Dooley - ddooley@cityofwhittier.org
Sonya Lui - slui@cityofwhittier.org

Address:
City of Whittier
Community Development
13230 Penn Street
Whittier, CA 90602

Housing Element Overview

California law mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of its community by preparing a Housing Element as part of its General Plan.

The Housing Element contains a variety of information relative to a community's housing needs along with proposed goals, policies, and programs designed to respond to those needs.

State law also requires that the Housing Element be updated routinely. The City of Whittier is currently in the process of updating its Housing Element for the Planning Period 2014-2021 to include the following:

  • An analysis of demographic, housing, employment and other trends that effect the housing needs of the community;
  • A summary of the existing and projected housing needs of the City’s households according to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG);
  • A review of the potential market, governmental, and environmental constraints to meeting the City’s identified housing needs;
  • An evaluation of the resources (e.g., land, financial and administrative) available to achieve the City’s housing goals; and,
  • A statement of the Housing Plan for 2014–2021 to address the City’s identified housing needs, including housing goals, policies and programs.

The Housing Element Update also identifies the City of Whittier’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). According to the RHNA, Whittier must accommodate 873 new units at four affordability levels: 228 very low income units, 135 low income units, 146 moderate income units and 369 above moderate income units for the Planning Period 2014-2021.

State law does not require Whittier to build or finance new housing. Rather, the City must provide adequate housing sites zoned at various densities to accommodate a mix of housing products (e.g., single-family, townhome and apartment units).

TIMELINE FOR THE HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

  • Public Workshop No. 2 on the Draft Housing Element Update is scheduled for August 7, 2013. For more information regarding Public Workshop No. 2, click here.
  • A City Council public hearing on the Draft Housing Element Update is scheduled for August 13, 2013.
  • Review by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) - A City Council approved copy of the Draft Housing Element Update will be forwarded to HCD for their review and comments in August 2013 (approximately 60 day review).
  • Planning Commission and City Council Review - After receiving comments from HCD, the Draft Housing Element Update will be revised and brought back to the Planning Commission and City Council for final review and adoption as part of noticed public hearings. These hearings are tentatively scheduled for October 2013.
  • Certification of the Housing Element - Upon completion of the Housing Element Update, staff will forward an approved copy of the document to the State HCD requesting certification by February 12, 2014.

The public is invited and encouraged to comment on the City of Whittier’s Housing Element Update for the Planning Period 2014-2021 at any time during the update process.

To date, the City of Whittier has accomplished the following:

  • Public Workshop No. 1 on July 17, 2013. To view the powerpoint presentation for Public Workshop No. 1, click here;
  • Planning Commission public hearing on the Draft Housing Element Update at their July 15, 2013, meeting; and,
  • Completion of the first draft of the Housing Element Update for the Planning Period 2014-2021. To view the current Draft Housing Element Update for Planning Period 2014-2021, click here.