Housing Element

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In order to create a plan that represents the values and priorities of the community, we need to hear from you!

The City of Lafayette is updating its Housing Element, which defines where and what kind of housing that Lafayette residents want to see over the next 8 years. The plan identifies existing and projected housing needs to preserve, improve, and develop housing for all economic segments of the community. As part of the update, community members will consider housing needs in relation to other General Plan elements, like transportation and parks and open space. Make sure to visit PlanLafayette.org to find more information on the Housing Element update and hear about meetings.

The City will be updating this page with a variety of activities to get different kinds of input. All input received from this platform will be considered by the General Plan Advisory Committee, who will be putting together the draft goals, programs, and policies in response to the Community's priorities and forwarding a recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council.

Your feedback is critical to this process, so please take some time to complete a survey, watch a video, or leave your ideas for others to explore!

Use the section headers below to explore different activities!

In order to create a plan that represents the values and priorities of the community, we need to hear from you!

The City of Lafayette is updating its Housing Element, which defines where and what kind of housing that Lafayette residents want to see over the next 8 years. The plan identifies existing and projected housing needs to preserve, improve, and develop housing for all economic segments of the community. As part of the update, community members will consider housing needs in relation to other General Plan elements, like transportation and parks and open space. Make sure to visit PlanLafayette.org to find more information on the Housing Element update and hear about meetings.

The City will be updating this page with a variety of activities to get different kinds of input. All input received from this platform will be considered by the General Plan Advisory Committee, who will be putting together the draft goals, programs, and policies in response to the Community's priorities and forwarding a recommendation to the Planning Commission and City Council.

Your feedback is critical to this process, so please take some time to complete a survey, watch a video, or leave your ideas for others to explore!

Use the section headers below to explore different activities!

Tell your story!

To be able to truly understand priorities related to housing, it's important for us to see your experience through your eyes, first-hand.  

Feel free to use this space to tell your story, whether that is uploading photos of an old house or apartment you used to live in, sharing a video explaining what makes a house feel like a home, or writing out some of your experiences surrounding housing. Please share with us so we can broaden our collective understanding and find solutions that work. 

Your story below will be publicly visible.  

Thank you for sharing your story with us! The General Plan Advisory Committee will review the stories shared on EngagementHQ and will use insights from these stories to inform our goals, programs, and policies on housing for years to come.

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    A Garage and Kind Landlords Launched My Dream

    by GDixon, 11 days ago

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    Tranquility in Suburban Lafayette

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