Sixth Cycle Housing Element Update
Due to the City’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and the temporary postponement of 6th Cycle Housing Element Citizens’ Task Force Meetings during this time, the City will be extending the end date of the online housing survey to April 20, 2020. This extension is intended to provide ample time for property owners and residents alike to participate in the critical, forward-looking housing survey. Your feedback, together with your neighbors’, will help shape Del Mar’s goals, policies, and programs related to housing that will ultimately be included in the City’s next certified Housing Element. You can take the survey online (computer or smart phone) through April 20, 2020 by clicking the button below:
The San Diego region is currently in the process of transitioning from the 5th Cycle planning period, to the 6th Cycle planning period which covers an eight year span from 2021-2029. Before the onset of the 6th Cycle planning period, the City of Del Mar must update the Housing Element of our Community Plan to comply with State law. This local Community Plan update will take place throughout 2020 and must be completed prior to April 2021.
What is the Housing Element?
The Housing Element is a State-mandated policy document within the Del Mar Community Plan that provides direction for the implementation of various programs to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all income levels within the Del Mar community. The Housing Element provides policies, programs, and actions that accommodate growth, produce opportunity for the development of new housing units, preserve existing housing stock, and assist the existing population.
The City’s current Housing Element (5th Cycle) was adopted by the City Council in 2013 and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The adopted Housing Element covers the planning period from April, 2013, through April, 2021. Staff is currently implementing the respective actions and programs for the current planning cycle. The next housing cycle (6th Cycle) will cover the planning period from April 2021 to 2029.
To comply with State law, the City’s Housing Element must be updated to ensure the city’s policies and programs can accommodate estimated housing growth need identified in the San Diego County Association of Government’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation for the 2021-2029 planning period. Any future changes to Housing Element policy will require environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The 6th Cycle Housing Element and associated environmental document(s) will be reviewed for compliance with state law by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and adopted by the City Council no later than April 15, 2021.
To meet these statutory deadlines, the local Del Mar approval process will need to be completed by October 30, 2020 (detailed timeline below). The City Council will function as Del Mar’s Housing Committee so that regularly-scheduled City Council meetings may be used as a public forum to consider associated housing issues, receive public input, discuss options, and provide direction to City staff and the consultant.
Work on the 6th Cycle Housing Element is already underway in order to meet the aggressive deadlines set by State law. The update will be broken down into five main steps:
- Assessment of City-wide Housing Needs and Opportunities;
- Drafting of Goals, Policies, Programs and Objectives (GPPOs);
- Preparation of CEQA - Environmental Review Documents as applicable;
- Preparation of the Sixth Cycle Housing Element; and
- Coordination with HCD to Obtain State Certification
The identified five steps and local adoption process are envisioned to take place from November 2019 through October 2020, and will include a multitude of public outreach efforts, such as development of a community-wide survey tool(s), and public hearings both at the Planning Commission and City Council to help shape future policy decisions.
On January 13, 2020 the City Council Established a seven member 6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force to work with Staff and the City Council Housing Liaisons to:
- Discuss, evaluate, and provide feedback on potential goals, policies, programs, and objectives to be included within the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update during preparation of the associated CEQA document;
- To help educate and encourage Housing Element participation among fellow Del Mar citizens; and
- Generally aid the City in the preparation and development of the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update during preparation of the associated CEQA document.
The public is invited to attend all Task Force meetings which are held bi-weekly on Thursdays, beginning February 6, 2020 through May 7, 2020. The Task Force has asked the City to provide their contact information on the City’s website. If you would like to reach out to one or more of the Task Force members, you can do so using the contact information below.
For more information on the Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force you can visit their web page below:
Click on each of the tabs below to read more information.
Anticipated 6th Cycle Housing Element Update Timeline (Subject to Change)
The City Council on March 14 approved an emergency declaration to address Coronavirus, cancelling ALL public meetings through April 6, and cancelling all events in City buildings and parks through May 31, 2020.
Public meeting cancellations include the City Council’s March 23 meeting and those of nearly a dozen advisory committees, including the 6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force.
The schedule below is subject to change based on the cancellations mentioned above.
Program Environmental Impact Report for 6th Cycle Housing Element Update
The City of Del Mar, the lead agency for the proposed 6th Cycle Housing Element and Program EIR, is subject to environmental review under CEQA. CEQA Guidelines §15063 provide that if a lead agency determines that an EIR will clearly be required for a project, an Initial Study is not required. In this case, the City has already determined that an EIR will need to be prepared based on the Project’s potential to create short-term, long-term, and cumulative impacts associated with other development. Therefore, a Program EIR will be prepared to fully evaluate the potential impacts of the proposed Project. The Program EIR will be comprehensive in nature evaluating all identified issues from the 2019 CEQA Initial Study Checklist.
The Program EIR will address the short-term and long-term effects of the Project on the environment. It will also evaluate the potential for the Project to cause direct and indirect growth-inducing impacts, as well as cumulative impacts. Alternatives to the proposed Project will be evaluated that may reduce impacts that are determined to be significant in the Program EIR. Mitigation may be proposed for those impacts that are determined to be significant. A mitigation monitoring and reporting program (MMRP) will also be developed as required by §15097 of the CEQA Guidelines. The environmental determination in this Notice of Preparation (NOP) is subject to a 30-day public review period per Public Resources §21080.4 and CEQA Guidelines §15082. Public agencies, interested organizations, and individuals have the opportunity to comment on the proposed Project, to identify those environmental issues, potentially affected by the Project which should be addressed further by the City of Del Mar in the Program EIR.
The Program EIR and Environmental Documentation will be made available for review Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on Fridays at the following locations:
|Del Mar Civic Center||Del Mar Library|
|1050 Camino del Mar||1309 Camino del Mar|
|Del Mar, CA 92014||Del Mar, CA 92014|
Notice of Preparation (NOP)
CEQA requires a 30-day public review period for an NOP. In accordance with CEQA, should you have any comments, please provide a written response to this NOP within the 30-day NOP period between February 19, 2020 and March 20, 2020.
The City is requesting comments and guidance on the scope and content of the Program EIR from Responsible and Trustee agencies, interested public agencies, organizations, and the general public (pursuant to CEQA Guidelines §15082). All parties that have submitted their names and mailing addresses will be notified as part of the Project’s CEQA review process. You can review the NOP below.
The City requests your careful review and consideration of this notice, and invites written comments from interested agencies, persons, and organizations regarding the preparation of the Program EIR. Please send your written comments to:
|City of Del Mar|
|Attn: Joseph D. Smith, AICP, Director|
|1050 Camino del Mar|
|Del Mar, CA 92014|
Please include the name, phone number, email, and address of a contact person in your response.
You may also provide oral or written comments in person at the Scoping Meeting noted below. Comments in response to this notice must be submitted to the City through close of business (4:30 p.m.) on Friday, March 20, 2020.
The City will have a Scoping Meeting to present updates to the Project and the CEQA process, and to receive public comments and suggestions regarding the scope and content of the Program EIR. The meeting will be held at the following location, date and time:
Date: Saturday February 29, 2020
Location: City of Del Mar Town Hall (1050 Camino del Mar)
Time: 9:30 a.m.
Special Accommodations. Should you require special accommodations at the public scoping meeting, such as for the hearing impaired or an English translator, please contact the City of Del Mar no later than Friday, February 28, 2020. (see contact information above).
On February 29, 2020, the City held its first Public Workshop on the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update. If you missed the workshop, you can review the materials and watch the recording below:
- Presentation from Public Workshop #1
- Welcome Packet and Materials from Public Workshop #1
- Watch the Recording of Public Workshop #1
The following documents have been presented to the City Council:
- 6th Cycle Housing Element Update Info Flyer
- Housing Element Informational Presentation - January 13, 2020 CC Meeting
The following are City documents related to the 6th Cycle Housing Element:
The following are regional and State resources related to Housing Elements:
Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State law to quantify the need for housing throughout the State and each city in the San Diego Region. This informs the local planning process to address existing and future housing need resulting from projected state-wide growth in population, employment, and households.
As the Council of Governments (or regional planning agency), SANDAG is responsible for overseeing the RHNA process for the San Diego region. SANDAG is currently overseeing the 6th cycle RHNA, which covers the planning period from 2021-2029.
For the planning period of 2021-2029, the City of Del Mar is allocated 163 units to accommodate estimated growth need at various income levels. The Housing Element must provide sites to accommodate this estimated growth. The 6th Cycle RHNA for Del Mar is as follows:
More information about the 6th Cycle RHNA process can be found on SANDAG’s website here: https://www.sandag.org/index.asp?projectid=189&fuseaction=projects.detail
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