File #: PH 23-003   
Section: Public Hearing Status: Agenda Ready
Meeting Body: Planning Commission
Agenda Date: 1/26/2023 Final action:
Subject: Adoption of the 2023-2031 Housing Element for the City of Hayward.
Attachments: 1. Attachment I Staff Report, 2. Attachment II Draft Findings, 3. Attachment III Addendum, 4. Attachment IV State Department HCD Letter, 5. Attachment V City Response to HCD Comment Letter
Related files: WS 21-039, WS 22-022, WS 22-027, PH 23-008
DATE: January 26, 2023

TO: Planning Commission

FROM: Leigha Schmidt, Principal Planner


Adoption of the 2023-2031 Housing Element for the City of Hayward.


That the Planning Commission recommends that the City Council approve an Amendment to the Hayward 2040 General Plan for the Adoption of the 2023-2031 Housing Element; and review an Addendum related to the General Plan Amendment prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act.


The Planning Commission is being asked to review and provide a recommendation to the City Council on a proposed General Plan Amendment for Hayward's 6th Cycle Housing Element (2023-2031). Pursuant to State Law, all local jurisdictions in California must update the Housing Element, a required chapter of the City's General Plan every five to eight years. The City of Hayward is on an eight-year cycle. The last Housing Element was adopted on December 2, 2014, and the updated Housing Element is due January 31, 2023. City staff intends to submit the adopted Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) following the City Council meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for February 7, 2023.

A Housing Element provides an opportunity for a community to analyze local housing challenges and develop solutions to address those issues. The Housing Element is composed of goals, policies, programs and actions to remove constraints and streamline new housing development; allow for establishment of a variety of housing types; prioritize funding for affordable housing development, particularly for special needs populations; ensure that programs affirmatively further fair housing goals; provide education and outreach opportunities for the community; and, identify sites that are zoned to accommodate the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation. It is important to note that State Housing L...

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