2021-2029 Draft Housing Element

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The City of Anaheim 2021-2029 Draft Housing Element is available for review in the links below.  

The City released the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element for a 30-day public review period that began on August 26, 2021 and ended on September 24, 2021. The Draft Housing Element was also available for review at the Anaheim Central Library and the Planning and Building Department Public Counter at City Hall. 

In September, staff made minor clarifications and revisions to the document released for public review in August; none of which would change the substance of the findings or policies within the document. Additionally, staff revised Appendix B (Adequate Sites Analysis) to reflect the following:

  • Sites previously identified as Potential Housing Sites that upon further analysis staff has determined would not be suitable for residential development due to size, topography, or existing land use; or,
  • Sites on which the City has received a request for Conceptual Development Review or a Development Application since the release of the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element for public review through the City’s filing deadline of September 14, 2021.

Even with these revisions to Appendix B (Adequate Sites Analysis), the City continues to have enough sites to meet its RHNA allocation.  

On September 27, 2021, the Planning Commission recommended that the City Council direct the Planning and Building Director to submit the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for compliance with State law.

On September 28, 2021, the City Council held a workshop to receive an update from the Housing Working Group on a potential Affordable Housing Production Program, to be included in the Housing Element. The update included proposed strategies that would replace Housing Production Strategy 1A: Affordable Housing Production Program, included in the August draft document, with two new strategies, reflected in the revised September draft document. These strategies are: Housing Production Strategy 1A(i): Affordable Housing Development Fee, and Housing Production Strategy 1A(ii): Affordable Housing Trust Fund and Production Program.

On October 5, 2021, the City Council directed the Planning and Building Director to submit the Draft 2021-209 Housing Element to HCD for compliance with State law. 

City Council authorized the Planning and Building Director’s staff to make additional edits to the document prior to submittal of the 2021-2029 to HCD on October 15, 2021. These edits were in response to public comments that the City has received on the draft document released in August, requesting clarification of information provided in the draft document. These edits were made to the extent that staff believes this clarification would help HCD find the document in compliance with State law and did not change the substance of the findings or policies within the document. The City has posted the document submitted to HCD on this webpage. 

Once HCD has completed its review of the document, staff will formally request that City Council consider the adoption of the document, following public hearings before the Planning Commission and the City Council.

Next Steps

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will review the City's October Draft Housing Element document and provide feedback for possible revisions.

Adoption of the Final Housing Element will be scheduled at a later date. More details coming soon.