The City of Santa Paula invites all residents to join its open houses for the Santa Paula Housing Element Update on Thursday, July 15 and Friday August 6th from 4:30 to 6 PM at 820 E. Main Street. Residents will learn about the City’s proposed policy updates that would accommodate the City’s additional housing needs based on the State’s assessment and can provide feedback on what they would like to see in the City’s 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. Written comments and questions can be submitted to HEUpdate@SPCity.org.
Every California city is required to update the Housing Element of its General Plan once every four to eight years. The Housing Element details the City’s goals, programs and policies aimed toward meeting the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. As part of the Housing Element Update, local governments review their existing Housing Element to gauge its effectiveness as well as evaluate newfound constraints to housing in the community.
With its housing element, the City will address Santa Paula’s local housing needs and concerns including the
- Preservation and improvement of aging housing stock;
- Household overcrowding and housing overpayment;
- Limited supply of large rental units;
- Provision of adequate housing for farmworkers;
- Promotion of homeownership opportunities; and,
- Desire to achieve a more economically balanced community
In addition to addressing regional and local housing needs, the updated Housing Element will also identify specific locations for additional housing development. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) determines the region’s housing needs and allocates housing production goals to each city in the region based on the State’s Regional Housing Needs Assessments (RHNA). The RHNA has assigned Southern California the largest allocation the region has ever received for the 2021-2029 current cycle, resulting in much higher RHNA allocations for many SCAG cities and counties.
The 2021-2029 RHNA plan allocated Santa Paula 657 units of housing, making identification of sufficient sites at appropriate densities to meet the City’s RHNA numbers a key component of the City’s Housing Element update. With this in mind, the City is committed to engaging the Santa Paula community during this process in order to gather information that will help determine development location opportunities that best accommodate the City’s housing needs.
“The latest Housing Element Update has provided the City of Santa Paula with the opportunity to both assess and address the ever-changing housing needs of the community,” said Santa Paula City Manager Dan Singer. “We are excited to engage the community, listen to their feedback and incorporate it into the Housing Element which will shape the City’s housing development for the next several years.”
Over the next few months, City staff will be engaging with the community in order to produce a Draft Housing Element for review by community stakeholders, the City’s Planning Commission, City Council and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Related questions and comments should be emailed directly to Planning Division Staff at JMitchem@SPCity.org.