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!

Timeline for Housing Element Community Engagement


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!

Timeline for Housing Element Community Engagement


Use the section headers below to explore different activities!

Q&A

Got questions about the Housing Element update? Send us a note to get some answers - no question is too big or small!

Planning staff are here to help frame and explain some of the complicated and technical aspects of this undertaking. Please allow about a week for staff to be able to provide a thorough response.

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    Bart's TOD for Lafayette is in the longterm time frame of 2030 or beyond. What does Lafayette have to do to include the BART parking land as part of our potential development zone.

    CareyStarn asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    BART identified the Lafayette station as a long-term development based on a number of factors, including market readiness for transit-oriented development, infrastructure needs, and local support. The Lafayette BART station’s classification as a long-term does not prohibit development from happening before 2030. 

    BART has established procedures to explore unsolicited projects proposed by a developer, who would fund additional staff to process the application. At this point in time, it is not clear whether BART must amend its implementation plan for the City to include the BART sites as an opportunity site in the updated Housing Element. If the community and City Council decide to upzone the BART parking lots, City staff would work with BART regarding next steps. 

    For those seeking more information on BART’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) planning, click here. For the BART TOD work plan, click here.

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    There are extended discussions on NextDoor about planning. Do they count for anything? Thank you.

    opelecky asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    The General Plan Advisory Committee is aware of discussion on NextDoor, but will be basing their deliberations on public input received through written public comment, public comment during the GPAC meetings, during the Housing Element workshops, as well as activities on EngagementHQ.

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    Is it possible to audit the RNHA numbers? If so how many letters/calls will this take? Thank you.

    opelecky asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    If we understand your question correctly, you are interested in looking into the methodology that determined the allocations for Bay Area jurisdictions. In order to do so, you may want to contact the Housing Methodology Committee (HMC) through the Association of Bay Area Governments. The HMC is the body that weighs a variety of factors in determining allocations for each community. A link to the HMC web page is available here: https://bit.ly/3mjKG12.

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    I would like to know what projects (how many units) have been started or permitted, the time schedule to occupancy and what will count to the new required phase 6.

    chj asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question!

    All cities and counties in California report on building permit activity an annual basis to the Department of Housing and Community Development to track progress towards RHNA goals. The city is currently in the process of coalescing information for its 2020 Annual Progress Report, but the figures for Lafayette and communities throughout California can be found in the Association of Bay Area Government's Bay Area Building Permit Activity Report for 2015-2019.

    The Major Development Projects map is a resource frequently updated by the city, which outlines key details about the multifamily projects proposed, under review, approved, or completed in Lafayette. This resource can provide helpful information on specific projects and gives an overall view of what is currently under development. Because the construction timeline of these projects is not always predictable, the city cannot estimate the time until they are occupied. 

    The current cycle of the Housing Element (the 5th Cycle) runs through the end of 2022 so projects that receive their certificate of occupancy before December 2022 will be counted towards the city’s 5th cycle RHNA allocation (2015-2022). Only projects that receive their certificate of occupancy after December 2022 will be counted towards the city’s 6th cycle RHNA allocation (2023-2031).

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    What are the RHNA allocations for neighboring jurisdictions?

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    What is the number for the affordable housing that needs to be built?

    opelecky asked 2 months ago

    Thank you for your question! Please refer to the table below to see the number of units to be planned for in each income category.

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    When will the City have a tally of how much we exceeded the RHNA fifth cycle quota/allocation?

    molly24b asked 2 months ago

    The City sends a report to the State on progress towards the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) on an annual basis. The final Annual Progress Report for the 5th RHNA Cycle will be submitted in spring of 2023. The City is currently preparing its annual report for 2020 and will have a better idea of its progress to date in the coming month.

    - Renata

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    How are we supposed to voice our opinions? Do we have to attend GPAC meetings or does posting your idea to Housing Element bear the same weight? Thanks.

    opelecky asked 2 months ago

    Great question! GPAC members will be considering comments received during meetings, through written comment, and content on EngagementHQ with equal weight. There will be other activities beyond the idea walls to gather different kinds of community feedback so please hang tight!

    - Renata