The City of Carlsbad has released the 2017 Housing Element Update, the draft of its housing plan for 2017-2021. The housing element is a state-required plan to ensure the city can meet future housing needs, including a variety of housing types, densities and options for low income residents and those with special needs. Comments will be accepted through Dec. 15, and copies of the draft plan are available for public review at the city’s libraries, City Clerk’s Office, Senior Center and Faraday Center. The draft plan can also be reviewed on the city’s website at www.carlsbadca.gov/planning.
At a Glance
The housing element is a state-required plan to ensure the city can meet future housing needs including a variety of housing types, densities and options for low income residents and those with special needs.
Community members are invited to provide input on the draft plan by Dec. 15.
Comments or questions on the draft plan may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to Scott Donnell, City of Carlsbad, 1635 Faraday Ave, Carlsbad, 92008.
The housing element is a mandatory part of the City of Carlsbad’s General Plan, the city’s blueprint for how land will be used to achieve the community’s vision for the future. Some of the specific topics addressed in the housing element include:
Conserving and improving existing affordable housing.
Making the most of housing opportunities throughout the community.
Assisting in the provision of affordable housing.
Removing governmental and other constraints to housing investment.
Promoting fair and equal housing opportunities.
“The housing element update provides an opportunity for the community to learn more about the state’s housing requirements and how the city plans to meet these requirements over the next several years,” said City of Carlsbad Senior Planner Scott Donnell.
The City Council approved an updated General Plan in September 2015, capping an eight-year process that engaged thousands of community members in an extensive conversation about how they want their city to look and function in the future.
City staff has submitted the draft housing element update to the state Department of Housing and Community Development for an initial compliance review with housing law. The city will hold public hearings before the Housing Commission, Planning Commission and City Council early next year. An approved housing element for the 2017-2021 period is due to the Department of Housing and Community Development by April 30, 2017.