7 Receive and Accept the 2016 Annual General Plan and Housing Element Progress Report.

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Meeting Date: June 06, 2017

STAFF REPORT

AGENDA ITEM: Receive and Accept the 2016 Annual General Plan and Housing Element Progress Report.

MEETING DATE: June 6, 2017

PREPARED BY: Randy Hatch, Contract City Planner, City of Livingston REVIEWED

BY: Ruben Chavez, Acting City Manager

RECOMMENDATION:

Council Receive and Accept the 2016 Annual General Plan and Housing Element Progress Report.

BACKGROUND AND DISCUSSION:

Cities are required by California law (CA Gov. Code Section 65400) to annually report on the status of its General Plan and progress in its implementation. This annual report is to be reviewed by the City’s legislative body (City Council) and provided to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD has various forms to document the status of the Housing Element to HCD. Staff has prepared an annual report for 2016 and has used the suggested forms (see attached).

FISCAL IMP ACT:

None.

ATTACHMENTS:

1. City of Livingston 2016 Annual General Plan and Housing Element Report – April 2017

 

CITY OF LIVINGSTON

2016 ANNUAL GENERAL PLAN AND HOUSING ELEMENT REPORT APRIL2017

Cities are required by California law (CA Gov. Code Section 65400) to annually report on the status of its General Plan and progress in its implementation.

This annual report is to be reviewed by the City’s legislative body (City Council) and provided to the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR) and to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD has various forms to document the status of the Housing Element to HCD and those forms are attached.

The 1999 Livingston General Plan continues to provide the legal basis and guidance for land use decisions and actions of the City. During the 2016 year, City staff reviewed all discretionary land use decisions for compliance with the 1999 General Plan.

Given the severe reduction in development and building activity during the Great Recession of 2007-2010 and its aftermath, there has been very modest land use activity since 2007 which has allowed the 1999 General Plan to remain current.

While there has been only modest land use activity and changes in social and demographic conditions since 2007, the City recognizes that the mere passage of time and changes in State planning related laws, requirements, procedures, and concerns argue for updating the General Plan. To that end, City management has begun to set aside funds for a comprehensive General Plan Update.

During 2016, the City adopted various text amendments to the Municipal Code concerning housing. Specifically the City revised language on transitional housing, added definitions for supportive housing and target population, and added a new Code section on reasonable accommodation. The City went on to update its Housing Element in compliance with the update timeline established by HCD and facilitated by the Merced County Association of Governments.

The updated Housing Element was prepared to conform to the guidelines and standards of the State and went through a local community involvement process including community and stakeholder workshops, public review, and Planning Commission and City Council meetings. After adoption in June 2016, the Element was found by HCD to be in full compliance with State law.

During 2016 some signs of renewed interest in development activity and the ability of people to buy new homes appeared. The remaining unbuilt lots in one of the City’s abandoned residential subdivisions, Sun Valley Estates, was purchased by a builder and new home construction with resulting sales occurred.

During 2016 a total of 34 market rate single family homes were constructed and purchased. This activity documented the re-emergence of a market for new home construction and sales. Two additional unfinished early 2000’s subdivisions (Davante Villas and Rancho Estrada) also were revived in late 2016 with developers working with City staff to begin construction.

While these two new revived residential projects were market rate single family homes, developer interest emerged to develop affordable multi­ family apartments and duplexes. Efforts to provide affordable housing opportunities are expected to bare fruit in 2017.

 

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