HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE—TRACK TWO (IN PROGRESS): The City of Sausalito is in the process of updating the Housing Element for the years 2015-2023 (see a Newsletter for more information). The City’s deadline to adopt a revised Housing Element is January 31, 2015. The Housing Element is part of the General Plan, which is the “blueprint” for the community. All cities and counties in California are required to have a Housing Element that identifies and analyzes existing and projected housing needs, and identifies sites for housing opportunities. All communities are also required to update their Housing Elements on a state-mandated cycle.
The Housing Element must establish goals, policies and programs for the preservation, improvement and development of housing. The State of California mandates the number of new housing units that local jurisdictions must plan for in their Housing Element, with Sausalito required to plan for 79 units during our 2015-2023 Housing Element cycle. While the City is required to plan for this new housing and will continue to follow a low impact strategy including mixed use infill, accessory dwelling units and liveaboards, it is not required to actually build the housing.
In consideration of the comprehensive update of the City’s Housing Element completed less than two years ago (adopted in November 2012), the 2015-2023 Draft Element proposes minor updates to the current Housing Element. The focus is on updating the Element's background information (such as income levels and housing allocation), reviewing the City's progress in implementing its adopted Element, and carrying forward the policies and programs from the current Housing Element with minor refinements as needed.
Upcoming Public Participation Opportunities:
• Thursday, September 11, 2014, 6:30pm, 420 Litho Street (City Hall), Sausalito in the Council
Chambers: Housing Element Subcommittee Meeting
• Saturday, September 20, 2014, 10:30am, 420 Litho Street (City Hall), Sausalito in the Edgewater
Room: Housing Element Workshop (click on the flyer to see what is planned for the workshop)
Agenda for September 20, 2014
Affordability in Marin County
Guide to Acronyms
• Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:00pm, 420 Litho Street (City Hall), Sausalito in the Council
Chambers: City Council Meeting
• November/December/January City Council and Planning Commission Hearing dates TBD
Past Public Participation Opportunities:
• Wednesday, March 19, 2014: Housing Element Subcommittee Meeting
o Agenda and Packet March 19, 2014
• Monday, March 31, 2014: Housing Element Subcommittee Meeting
o Agenda and Packet March 31, 2014
• Tuesday, April 22, 2014: City Council Meeting
o Staff Report
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