Housing Element 2021 - 2029
In 2019, the city updated the Land Use Element of the General Plan, which resulted in changes to allowed land uses and residential and commercial intensities. The City of Monterey Park is now updating key elements of the City’s General Plan and we want to hear from you! The link below provides all the information you will need to stay up to date and provide feedback on the project, including upcoming community workshops, City public meetings, reports and resources, and other opportunities.
What is a Housing Element
The Housing Element is a policy guide that provides an indication of the need for housing in the community, particularly the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing. It serves as a strategy to address housing needs across the economic and social spectrum. State law requires that housing elements are updated every 8 years. Monterey Park last updated their housing element in 2013 and is now due for an update. The housing element will address the following:
- Housing Needs Assessment – Existing and projected housing need for all income segments.
- Housing Constraints Analysis – Including market, governmental, infrastructure, and environmental constraints.
- Housing Resources – Residential sites inventory for future housing needs.
- Review of Past Accomplishments – Describe accomplishments from prior Housing Element programs.
- Housing Plan – Housing programs, goals, and policies for the planned period.
Since 1969, the State of California has required that all Cities and Counties adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. State Law requires each jurisdiction to accommodate its fair share of affordable housing, as an approach to distribute housing needs throughout the state.
What is a Safety Element
The Safety Element describes the natural and manmade hazards that could impact people and property in the City. State law requires safety elements to be updated at the same time as housing element updates. New information on impacts resulting from climate change will be added to the Safety Element.
What is a Environmental Justice Element
As part of the City’s update to their General Plan, a new chapter addressing environmental justice will be included. Environmental justice is defined by the State as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, and incomes as part of the development and implementation of environmental laws and policies. The new chapter will include policies that look to reducing harm to communities in Monterey Park that have been historically marginalized by institutions and society.
Community Workshop - August 5, 2021
Join us on August 5, 2021 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. to learn more about the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update. The workshop will be held virtually via zoom platform and is designed to allow for interactive discussions regarding the housing needs in the City of Monterey Park. Click on the following link for meeting information and zoom access.
Checkout MPKhousingupdate.com, the website provides all the information you will need to stay up to date and provide feedback on the project, including upcoming community workshops, City public meetings, reports and resources, and other opportunities.
City Council will be considering these following items at their upcoming regularly scheduled meeting on January 19th. Below are the documents for consideration:
- Addendum to the FEIR
- Housing Element
- Environmental Justice Element
- Safety and Community Services Element
On January 19th, the City Council approved the Housing, Safety and Environmental Elements. This completes the public review process for the General Plan Update. The Safety and Community Services Element and Environmental Justice Element are complete and posted below:
The adopted Housing Element will be forwarded to the Department of Housing and Community Development for their review and certification. This is anticipated to occur in Spring/Summer 2022. The Certified Housing Element will be posted here.