Draft Housing Element under the State's review--comment through 10/1!

Published on September 14, 2021

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The City of Culver City is updating its Housing Element to plan for housing between 2021 and 2029. The City shared the first draft 2021-2029 Housing Element online on July 19, 2021. City staff will provide a report to the City Council, anticipated for the September 27th meeting, on the submittal and related information.

As part of the City’s General Plan Update (GPU), the Housing Element is the City’s blueprint to identify housing conditions and needs; establish the goals, objectives, and policies that are the foundation of the City’s housing strategy; and provide a range of programs to create sustainable, varied-income neighborhoods across the City. Possible changes to single-family zoning are being studied as part of the GPU project’s preferred land use map, which informed the Housing Element sites inventory. On Friday, September 10, the City submitted a revised draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD has 60 days to review and comment on Culver City’s Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element.

This is the City’s second draft of the 2021-2029 Housing Element, which incorporated community feedback gathered in July and August 2021 and from the General Plan Advisory Committee, Housing Technical Advisory Committee, the Advisory Committee on Housing and Homelessness, the Planning Commission, and through public comments on the first online draft. The GPU team considered all the diverse perspectives reflected in the community’s input and revised technical aspects of the draft wherever feasible before submitting this second draft to HCD. Revisions include but are not limited to: the Housing Plan, Sites Inventory, Public Participation, and Fair Housing Assessment.

Submit your comments

View the revised draft on the project website  and share your feedback with us again, or for the first time. To share your thoughts, please review and provide input on the second draft 2021-2029 Housing Element by October 1. The City encourages you to also share this request with anyone you know who lives, works, and plays in Culver City. You can also submit comments directly to HCD. Here are the instructions from HCD’s website:

“As part of its review of the housing element, HCD must consider any written comments received from any public agency, group, or person. If an organization or individual plans to provide comments to HCD on a jurisdiction’s housing element, early contact with the assigned review staff member is encouraged to ensure that HCD is aware of this intent. To ensure that HCD has sufficient time to consider comments in the review of the housing element, written comments should be provided within the first 30 days of the review. Written comments can be provided directly to the assigned HCD Analyst or emailed to HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov.”

HCD has assigned Analyst Shawn Danino to review the draft. You can submit comments directly to Shawn at Shawn.Danino@HCD.CA.gov.

We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your help!    

Next steps

The City will create another draft considering new revisions from both the public and HCD in October or November. This will be the final draft prepared for the Planning Commission’s recommendation in November and City Council’s discussion and adoption decision in December 2021 or January 2022.

Check out the GPU’s updated Frequently Asked Questions. The topics include GPU Basics, Community Input and Timeline, Housing Element, Affordable Housing, and Preferred Land Use Map. Information is included that may help as you review the draft Housing Element. Let us know if you would like to see other questions answered.

To learn about upcoming meetings related to the Housing Element, please sign up for project notifications. If you have any questions, please reach out to Advance Planning staff

Related Information

Advance Planning, a Community Development Department division, leads the GPU process. Advance Planning staff and the City’s consultants are updating the General Plan to plan for the future of Culver City and address factors that can improve daily life for all. Visit the project website for more information.

Visit the City of Culver City's COVID-19 update page for more information on how the City is responding to the pandemic.