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The new 2021-2029 Housing Element is still being reviewed by the California Dept. of Housing & Community Development (HCD). The 2021-2029 Housing Element has not yet been certified by HCD.  

This 3rd draft of the Housing Element Update (link below) is in response to comments provided by HCD staff, and will be submitted to HCD for further review.

3rd draft of 2021-2029 Housing Element (click here)

Public comments on the 3rd draft are welcomed and should be addressed to Brian Foote, City Planner, by August 3rd, 2022. Click here to send an email. 

 

2021 - 2029 Housing Element Update image

The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan and must be updated every eight years. The City’s Housing Element performs the following functions:

  • Analyzes the City’s demographics, economics and housing supply
  • Analyzes housing constraints and resources
  • Evaluates sites appropriate for potential housing
  • Develops housing goals, objectives, policies, and programs

The “Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)” is the method by which the State estimates each region’s housing needs for all income groups. The current 6th Cycle update presents new challenges to all jurisdictions across the State, including: the increase in RHNA dwelling unit allocations to local jurisdictions; strict housing site eligibility requirements; and new housing laws that address local policies aimed at managing growth. 

Housing Element Requirements

The Housing Element must be consistent with statewide housing laws, housing element guidelines, and applicable goals and policies in the California Government Code. The City’s Housing Element must clearly demonstrate that Redlands has sufficient capacity to accommodate the number of housing units identified in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The City is not required to build housing projects, but must plan to provide appropriate land area (including zoning) that will be needed to accommodate future housing projects by private developers. 

On March 4, 2021, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released its final draft allocation of housing units for each jurisdiction in the region, which can be found here (click here). For the current RHNA cycle, SCAG provided the RHNA allocation number to the City of Redlands for the 2021-2029 period consisting of the following household income levels:

  • Very-low income: 967 units
  • Low income: 615 units
  • Moderate income: 652 units
  • Above-moderate income: 1,282 units
  • Total RHNA allocation: 3,516 units

Additional information about RHNA can be found at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) website and at the California Department of Housing and Community Development website. SCAG also prepared pre-certified housing data for the City, which can be found here (click here), and this data was utilized as baseline information for the Housing Element Update.

2021-2029 Housing Element

The 2021-2029 Housing Element was adopted by City Council on February 1, 2022. However, please note that the document has not yet been certified by the California Dept. of Housing & Community Development, and is subject to further review by the State.

Click on the link below to view the adopted 2021-2029 Housing Element documents.  

2021-2029 Housing Element (adopted)

Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Housing Needs Assessment
Chapter 3: Housing Resources and Sites Inventory
Chapter 4: Constraints
Chapter 5: Objectives, Housing Goals, Policies, and Programs
Chapter 6: Review of Past Accomplishments
Chapter 7: Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
Appendix A: Housing Sites Inventory Map
Appendix B: Housing Sites Inventory List
Appendix C: Community Engagement
Appendix D: Zoning Code Abbreviations

Housing Sites Map

Housing Sites Inventory Map (click here) 

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Graphic showing image of online Housing Sites Map

Meetings & Hearings

City Council public hearing: The City Council adopted the 2021-2029 Housing Element on February 1, 2022 (click here to go to the Agendas page).

 

Planning Commission public hearing: January 11, 2022 (click here to go to Agendas page)

Planning Commission Staff Report
Planning Commission Presentation
Planning Commission meeting video

 

City Council study session: June 29, 2021 (click here to go to Agendas page)

City Council Staff Report for June 29, 2021
City Council Presentation for June 29, 2021
City Council meeting video

Planning Commission study session #1: April 13, 2021 (click here to go to Agendas page)

Planning Commission Staff Report for April 13, 2021
Planning Commission Presentation for April 13, 2021
Planning Commission meeting video

Planning Commission study session #2: May 25, 2021 (click here to go to Agendas page)

Planning Commission Staff Report for May 25, 2021
Planning Commission Presentation for May 25, 2021
Planning Commission meeting video

 

Community Workshop #1: Monday, April, 26, 2021, at 6:00 PM

Community Workshop #2: Thursday, May 13, 2021, at 6:00 PM

Certification by HCD 

At this time, the new 2021-2029 Housing Element is still being reviewed by the California Dept. of Housing & Community Development (HCD). The 2021-2029 Housing Element has not yet been certified by HCD.  

This 3rd draft of the Housing Element Update (link below) is in response to comments provided by HCD staff, and will be submitted to HCD for further review.

3rd draft of 2021-2029 Housing Element (click here)

Public comments on the 3rd draft are welcomed and should be addressed to Brian Foote, City Planner, by August 3rd, 2022. Click here to send an email. 

Additional documents:

HCD comment letter dated March 4, 2022, on 2nd Draft Housing Element

HCD comment letter dated Nov. 15, 2021, on 1st Draft Housing Element

Development Impact Fees

For further information about current Development Impact Fees (DIF) including the nexus study, please go to the Municipal Utilities & Engineering Department webpage here:   
https://www.cityofredlands.org/post/development-impact-fees

ADUs

The new construction of an Accessory Dwelling Unit (“ADU”) on an existing residential property is an important strategy for providing more affordable housing units throughout the city. Existing structures such as a garage (either attached or detached) may be able to be converted into an ADU. Another potential option is the creation of a Junior ADU within an existing house.

To learn more about the different types of ADUs and general requirements, please go to our ADU webpage (click here)

Questions?

If you have any questions about the Housing Element, please contact Brian Foote, City Planner/Planning Manager, via email by clicking here.