Housing Element

Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

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!

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.

You need to be signed in to add your question.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Has the city formally appealed the housing allocation numbers? If not, will it?

    M. Jones asked 6 months ago

    On May 20, 2021, the ABAG Executive Board approved the Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Methodology and Draft Allocations. To learn more about the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, please visit the page on the General Plan site dedicated to RHNA by clicking here. ABAG officially released the Draft RHNA Allocations on May 25, 2021 initiating the 45-day period during which a local jurisdiction or HCD could submit an appeal to ABAG requesting a change to any Bay Area jurisdiction’s allocation.  Staff filed Lafayette's appeal on July 8 which was confirmed received by ABAG staff.    

    ABAG received 28 appeals from Bay Area jurisdictions during the appeal period. In addition, a number of jurisdictions sent ABAG comment letters about RHNA, in lieu of submitting an appeal. The appeals and comments can be viewed at the Appeals Process page on the ABAG website. 

    Key dates remaining in the ABAG RHNA process include:

    • August 30, 2021: deadline for comments on appeals submitted; comments should be submitted to rhna@bayareametro.gov.

    • September and/or October: ABAG conducts public hearing to consider appeals and comments received.

    • October or November: ABAG ratifies written final determination on each appeal and issues Final RHNA Allocations that adjust allocations as a result of any successful appeals.

    • November or December: ABAG Executive Board conducts public hearing to adopt Final RHNA Plan.


  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Does the City have plans for the new General Plan to address the requirements of AB 528, which says that in order to overcome patterns of segregation, affordable housing units are to be spread throughout the community?

    Joe Beck asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question - I believe you are referring to AB686: "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing". The analysis that will be conducted in accordance with AB 686 will look at a variety of statistics to discern where best to locate housing, especially housing that is affordable. The primary thrust of the legislation is to ensure that affordable housing is not located in areas where there are existing concentrations of poverty or where there is little access to resources. Please see the State's resources on affirmatively furthering fair housing at https://www.hcd.ca.gov/community-development/affh/index.shtml, which includes a link to a recent webinar provided by the State and ABAG on this issue.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Is the Lafayette City Council supporting AB9 and AB10?

    CareyStarn asked 9 months ago

    Thank you for your question! The Lafayette Council also submitted letters to state legislators opposing SB9 and SB10.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    Where within the site may we post comments for others to see and respond to?

    LafayetteFan asked 7 months ago

    Hi there - thank you for your question!

    Participants can share their ideas or feedback in a number of places on EngagementHQ.

    • Add an idea to the "ideas wall" tool for others to like and comment (Housing Element > Ideas Wall tool)
    • Drop a pin on the "what do you love about Lafayette?" map to share what you like and what could be improved upon. (General Plan Update > Places tool)
    • Contribute to the online forum of "what do you value in Lafayette" (Housing Element > Forums tool)
  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    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 9 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.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

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

    opelecky asked 9 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.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

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

    opelecky asked 9 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.

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    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 9 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).

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

    What are the RHNA allocations for neighboring jurisdictions?

    9 months ago

     

  • Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on Linkedin Email this link

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

    opelecky asked 9 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.

Page last updated: 21 November 2021, 14:05