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.
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.
The update process will include several opportunities for community input, including presentations, surveys, workshops and City and Planning Commission meetings.