CITY OF EL MONTE 2021-2029 HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE
The City of El Monte, along with all jurisdictions throughout the State, is mandated by California State law to prepare a Housing Element update for State certification. This update will cover the housing planning period between 2021 and 2029, often referred to as the 6th Cycle. This update effort has been initiated and must be completed prior to October 2021. A companion task for this work effort includes focused updates to the General Plan relating to the Public Safety Element to comply with State legislation.
State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years. The City’s current Housing Element for the 2014 to 2021 planning period (5th Cycle) is linked below, which will remain valid until the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update is adopted in fall 2021.
WHAT IS A HOUSING ELEMENT?
The Housing Element is one of the 10 State-required ‘elements’ or chapters that comprise the City’s General Plan and includes goals, policies, programs (to be implemented during the planning period) to meet the existing and projected housing needs for the El Monte community. Various demographic segments are addressed in the Housing Element, including a range of household types and income levels, as well as special needs populations. The Housing Element provides an analysis of the City’s population, economic, and housing stock characteristics, in addition to a comprehensive evaluation of housing programs and regulations.
Key Features of the Housing Element
- Update of City population and housing demographics;
- Evaluation of housing constraints and resources;
- Analysis of existing housing programs and policies;
- Identification of appropriate/adequate properties to accommodate housing at a range of income levels and densities; and
- Policies, programs and quantified objectives.
WHAT IS THE REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT?
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State Housing Law to quantify the need for housing throughout the State and is addressed in the local housing element update process. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies a Statewide projected housing need and allots housing allocations to each metropolitan area in the State.
The City of El Monte is located in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region. SCAG adopted the final RHNA draft on September 3, 2020 and distributed a RHNA allocation to each jurisdiction in its region, including the City of El Monte.
For the 2021 – 2029 planning period, the City of El Monte is allocated 8,482 units to accommodate the City’s projected housing needs for the eight-year planning period. The Housing Element must identify “adequate sites” and establish policies and programs that will accommodate this estimated growth. Though the City is required to develop the policies, programs, and zoning to incentivize and allow for this anticipated growth, as well as report to the State on an annual basis of the City’s progress, the City is not obligated to produce, construct or develop these allocated units.
The 6th Cycle RHNA allocation for the City of El Monte is:
6th Cycle RHNA Allocation for El Monte
Percent of AMI*
Income Range** ($)
Source: Southern California Association of Governments 6th Cycle RHNA, August 2020
*AMI – Area Median Income
** SCAG notes that for housing element updates, local jurisdictions will have to consider extremely low income (ELI) households as well. ELI housing needs may be calculated either by using Census data or assuming 50% of the very low-income households qualify as ELI households, which would be approximately 896 units.
***Income range is based on the 2020 HUD Median Family Income (MFI) for Los Angeles County of $73,300.
IMPORTANCE OF UPDATING THE HOUSING ELEMENT
The City is required by State Housing Law to adopt a compliant Housing Element by October 2021. Being a compliant Housing Element, means that the City:
- Is eligible for State grants and funding sources.
- Allows the community to further engage in the planning process.
- Demonstrates its ability and commitment to meeting future and anticipated housing needs.
GET INVOLVED AND STAY INFORMED
During the global COVID-19 pandemic, the City is taking a new approach in its outreach efforts to ensure the health and safety of our community through the Housing Element Update process, while emphasizing the importance of community participation. The City will be launching an online housing needs survey, conducting stakeholder interviews, facilitating a community workshop, and holding a joint study session with Planning Commission and/or City Council. These are strategies for gathering feedback from the community on the future of housing within the City, as well as serving as educational opportunities to share more about the Housing Element Update process.
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PROCESS AND PROJECT SCHEDULE
HCD requires each jurisdiction in the SCAG region to submit a final adopted Housing Element to HCD by October 15, 2021. As a result, the City entered into an agreement with Veronica Tam + Associates (VTA), Morse Planning Group (MPG), and RRM Design Group to initiate and complete the City’s Housing Element Update in order to meet HCD’s deadline. The process involves the evaluation of current and future needs, analysis of local housing production constraints, identification of adequate housing sites, establishing new policies and programs, drafting the updated Housing Element document, and preparing and circulating an Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
HAVE QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
Contact City staff:
Planning Division Tony Bu, Senior Planner
- CITY OF EL MONTE GENERAL PLAN
- City of El Monte 2014 - 2021 Housing Element (5th Cycle)
- City Land Use/Zoning Map
- El Monte Municipal Code
- City of El Monte Planning Department Webpage