The City of Pleasant Hill held a virtual (tele/video) community workshop on the 6th Cycle Housing Element on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.
The purpose of a Housing Element was to provide an assessment of current and future housing needs, identify opportunities and constraints on housing production, establish goals, policies, and programs to meet those needs, and to update City practices and regulations to reflect new State laws. The Housing Element identifies strategies and programs that focus on conserving and improving existing affordable housing, maximizing housing opportunities throughout the community, assisting in the provision of new affordable housing, removing governmental and other constraints to housing investment, and promoting fair and equal housing opportunities. The goal of the Housing Element Workshop was to initiate this discussion and provide community members with an overview of the Housing Element process mandated by the State of California, how the process affects Pleasant Hill, and ways to get involved in this critical process.
The Housing Element Workshop focused specifically on the intersection of the Housing Element and the 2040 General Plan, related to the evaluation of potential sites for housing to satisfy the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). This was a follow-up to a series of General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings held in May and June of 2021. The GPAC sessions included a robust discussion of where the most appropriate locations are for new housing within the community. A recommended buildout of potential housing sites was presented as part of the workshop, and the meeting concludef with a live question and answer (Q&A) session with City staff and the City’s General Plan consultant, Mintier Harnish.
Watch the video from the meeting below.
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