2021-2029 Housing Element Update

Project Planner: Octavio Silva, Deputy Director/Planning Manager
Contact Information: Email Octavio Silva / (310) 544-5234

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Background

All cities in California are required to adopt a comprehensive General Plan to guide land use planning decisions. A key part of the City’s overall General Plan is the Housing Element, which have been mandatory portions of local general plans in California since 1969. Providing housing for all Californians is considered by the state Legislature to be of vital statewide importance. A housing element provides an analysis of a community’s housing needs for all income levels and strategies to respond to provide for those housing needs. State law establishes that each city accommodates its fair share of affordable housing as an approach to distributing housing needs throughout the state. State housing element law also recognizes that in order for the private sector to address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land-use plans and implement regulations that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development by the private sector. 

The current adopted Housing Element covers the period 2013-2021 and must be updated for the next planning cycle (6th Cycle) covering the period 2021-2029. A copy of the current Housing Element (PDF) is available on the City website.

The Housing Element must be updated to include City policies, strategies, and actions to facilitate the construction of new housing and preservation of existing housing to meet the needs of the population during the 6th Housing Element Cycle period. The Housing Element must also address the City’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation. Please visit the RHNA Homepage section of this website for more information and updates on the RHNA process. 

For additional information and resources on the preparation of the 2021-2029 Housing Element please see below. To stay up-to-date on the latest information regarding the process, please check this website on a regular basis and sign up to receive listserv email messages.

Housing Element Resource Information:

Draft Housing Element

Draft Housing Element Now Available

The City of Rancho Palos Verdes Draft Housing Element is now available!

All California cities are required to adopt a comprehensive General Plan to guide land-use planning decisions. The Housing Element is a key component that provides an analysis of a community’s housing needs for all income levels and strategies to respond to provide for those housing needs. 

The Rancho Palos Verdes Draft Housing Element (PDF) outlines ways that the City can meet its state-required 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation of accommodating 647 housing units (including 8 units carried over from the 5th Cycle) in various income levels for the next planning period of 2021-2029.

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The Draft Housing Element will go before the Planning Commission on October 12, 2021 before it is reviewed by the City Council on October 19, 2021. Both meetings will be held at 7 p.m. in McTaggart Hall at Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park, livestreamed on the City website and televised on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38.

Share your thoughts on the Draft Housing Element through November 4, 2021 by emailing them to housingelement@rpvca.gov

Public Meetings

Housing Element October 19

City Council Draft Housing Element Review

On October 19, 2021, the City Council will review the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Draft Housing Element, a document outlining ways the City can meet its state-required 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation of accommodating 647 housing units (including 8 units carried over from the 5th Cycle) in various income levels for the next planning period of 2021-2029.

The hybrid in-person/virtual meeting will take place at 7 p.m. in McTaggart Hall at Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park and via Zoom with a very limited number of in-person attendees and COVID-19 safety protocols in place. Virtual participation is highly encouraged. The meeting will be live-streamed on the City website and televised on RPVtv Cox 33/Frontier FiOS 38.

staff report for this topic is available on the City websitePlease submit your comments to the City Council in advance of the meeting by emailing them to cc@rpvca.gov. If you would like to provide comments during the meeting or leave a pre-recorded voice message, please complete a form at rpvca.gov/participate.

The City Council will consider adopting the Housing Element at a meeting tentatively scheduled for February 2022. Details are to be announced.

If you are a person with a disability and need an accommodation to participate in programs, services, activities and meetings, contact the City's ADA Coordinator/Risk Manager at 310-683-3157, adarequests@rpvca.gov,adarequests@rpvca.gov, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd., Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275, at least 48 hours in advance to request an auxiliary aid or accommodation.

Planning Commission Draft Housing Element Review

On October 12, 2021, the Planning Commission reviewed the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Draft Housing Element.

Topics included:

  • Summary of the Housing Element Community Survey results
  • Update on the in-person and virtual Housing Element Open House
  • Presentation of the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element
  • Review of the potential housing sites inventory
  • Review of Housing Element Goals and Programs
  • Recommended Planning Commission action
  • Review next steps in the Housing Element Update process.

View a staff reportWatch meeting video

Housing Element Update Open House

On September 25, 2021, the City of Rancho Palos Verdes held a Housing Element Update Open House at Fred Hesse Jr. Community Park. The event served as an opportunity for members of the public to learn about the Housing Element Update and share their feedback. A Virtual Open House on the City website opened on September 27 - October 3, 2021.

Housing Element Update Study Session

On August 24, 2021, the City Council and Planning Commission held a joint Study Session regarding the Housing Element Update.

Topics included:

  • Housing Element overview
  • Presentation from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) regarding housing element law and the requirements for the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update
  • Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) Plan prepared by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
  • Developing regulations to accommodate the City’s RHNA allocation in all income categories
  • City Council and Planning Commission input on up-zoning, accessory dwelling units (ADUs), streamlined permit processing, etc. to accommodate more housing. 
  • Review of public survey questions

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Survey

Community Survey

The Housing Element Survey closed on October 3, 2021. Thanks to all who shared their input on the future of housing development in Rancho Palos Verdes. The survey results are available online and in print (PDF).

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  1. Environmental Sciences Associates (ESA)

In March 2021, the City Council approved a professional services agreement with ESA to complete the City's 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. It is anticipated that the scope of services will be completed in March 2022, which will require an extension from HCD to complete the update after the October 2021 Housing Element update deadline. A copy of the ESA professional services agreement is available here.  

ESA will provide the following services:

  • Project administration;
  • Housing Element assessment and analysis;
  • Public engagement; 
  • General Plan consistency review;
  • California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis;
  • Community workshops and public hearings; and
  • Final Housing Element certification