Housing Element Update
State law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan containing seven mandatory elements, one of which is housing. Unlike the other general plan elements, the housing element is required to be updated every eight years, is subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The current Diamond Bar Housing Element was adopted by the City Council in January 2014 (Resolution No. 2014-14). The Housing Element serves as the City’s framework for housing goals, policies, and detailed programs to meet existing and future housing needs and for increasing affordable housing opportunities for the period of 2013 through 2021.
Why Update Housing Element Now?
The Diamond Bar Housing element is nearing the end of its 2013-2021 planning period and the City is now planning for the 2021-2029 timeframe. State law requires regular updates to ensure compliance with any changes in State housing laws, allow the City to become eligible for State grants and funding sources, consider changes in demographics, and demonstrate the ability to meet future housing needs.
How Can I Participate?
The update process will include several opportunities for community input, including presentations, surveys, workshops and City and Planning Commission meeting public hearings. Public participation activities are expected to begin in fall 2020 and will be available on the City website, social media pages and other news outlets.
- What is a Housing Element?
- What is Housing Element “certification” and why is it important?
- What are the most important issues that must be addressed in the Housing Element?
- What is “affordable” housing?
- What is the “RHNA” why is it important?
- Is the RHNA a construction mandate?
- What must cities do to comply with the RHNA?
- Why are cities in high-cost areas expected to have affordable housing? Low-cost housing is not economically feasible here due to high land prices.
- There is very little vacant land suitable for housing development left in Diamond Bar. Why is the RHNA allocation so high?