6th Cycle Housing Element Program Implementation

The City of Del Mar adopted its 6th Cycle Housing Element on March 25, 2021; and re-adopted the Housing Element on December 13, 2021 to incorporate modifications required by HCD. The 6th Cycle applies to the planning period years 2021-2029.  Implementation of the 6th Cycle Housing Programs (41 programs) is underway.

Accomplishments for FY 21-22:

  • Initiated Phase I planning studies relating to housing opportunities at the State Fairgrounds and two other public properties identified as adequate sites (Program 3A)
  • Adopted new City Council Policy 118 to require a Housing Impact Statement in Agenda Reports (Program 5B)
  • Posted notice of exemption from SB 35 applicable to coastal jurisdictions (Program 6A)
  • Posted List of Community Assistance Programs and Housing Resources Available (Program 7I)
  • Completion of final steps for CCC certification in May 2022 of density allowance (20 du/ac) in two commercial zones (Program 1A NC Zone and Program 1B PC Zone)
  • Completion of final steps for CCC certification of Housing Element Implementation Overlay Zone/Rezone by June 2022 (5th Cycle Program 2G)
  • Safety Element Update in process
  • New Environmental Justice Element in process (Program 6E)
  • Selection for Housing Acceleration Grant funds in March 2022 will help implement tasks to assess housing feasibility/opportunities in smart growth areas through June 2023
  • Initiation of Phase II planning studies to identify incentives for production of affordable housing in April 2022 (Programs 1D, 1I, 1J, 2A)
  • Processing of RFP to select affordable housing consultant to facilitate implementation of agreement for housing at the Fairgrounds in April-May 2022 (Program 3A)
  • Processing of Ordinance to extend the ADU Pilot Incentive Program for Deed Restricted Low Income Units in May 2022 (Program 2A)
  • Processing of Ordinance to update the ADU Regulations in the City’s certified LCP to reflect harmonizing of State Housing law and the Coastal Act in May-June 2022
  • Processing of Development Agreement/Housing Agreement for 941 Camino del Mar Specific Plan (target 2 low income units)
  • Processing of Administrative CDP for Multi-Unit Housing on two vacant lots in NC Zone (target 10 lower income units)

State Housing Laws:

  • Senate Bill 330 Housing Crisis Act of 2019 (No Net Loss Provisions) 

Effective January 1, 2020 and through its expiration on January 1, 2025 (five years), California Senate Bill SB 330 (the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 - Government Code Section 65941.1) expands or amends existing State legislation, including the Permit Streamlining Act and Housing Accountability Act, with the broad goals of facilitating increased production of new residential units, protecting existing units, and providing for an expedited review and approval process for housing development projects through submittal of a “preliminary application.”  

Local information for applicable SB 330 housing development projects

 Link to Full Text of Senate Bill SB 330 (Housing Crisis Act of 2019) 

  • Density Bonus Provisions

Government Code Section 65915 sets for the State law Density Bonus provisions and imposes these provisions on local jurisdictions.  State law allows an increase in the total number of units permitted on a lot, above the baseline number of units permitted per the applicable zone, in exchange for the provision of more affordable housing units (units that are income restricted for lower income households) in the “bonus project” than would otherwise be required.  Eligible projects may request waivers, incentives and concessions as needed to make the project economically feasible. As a coastal city, the City will be required to harmonize these State housing law regulations with the Coastal Act for local implementation in accordance with the City’s certified LCP. 

  • Senate Bill 35 – Notice of Exemption for Coastal Jurisdictions (per Program 6A)

SB 35 was approved by the Governor in 2017 to streamline multi-unit housing approvals through January 1, 2026.  While the City of Del Mar is a coastal city that is exempt from the SB 35 streamlining provisions per Government Code Section 65913.4(a)(6)(A) because SB 35 streamlining does not apply in the coastal zone, the City will be exploring various incentives to help streamline and incentivize affordable housing per 6th Cycle Housing Element Program 1I, including Phase II planning studies to be initiated in April 2022.

Housing Resources: