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    Housing Element and Targeted General Plan Element Updates

The Housing Element Update is a pivotal opportunity to address housing issues and plans for increasing housing production in Lodi.


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The City of Lodi is currently undertaking a Housing Element Update for the 2023-2031 planning period. The Housing Element Update is a pivotal opportunity to address housing issues and plans for increasing housing production in the City of Lodi. Throughout the Update process, the City and its consultants (Project Team), will work with the public and community stakeholders to evaluate housing issues, constraints, and opportunities and create policies and programs to ensure Lodi is positioned to meet its housing needs.

The success of this planning effort will depend on input from the community to fully identify the city’s needs and expectations for this update. There will be many opportunities to participate in this update process as the project progresses. This website will be your primary source for information related to the project, including project documents, scheduling, and upcoming meetings and community engagement opportunities.

Adopted 2023-2031 Housing Element Approved by HCD!

On April 11, 2024, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) completed it's review of the Adopted Housing Element and found that the Element meets the statutory requirements of State Housing Element Law.

Please use the buttons below to download the Certified 2023-2031 Housing Element and HCD's compliance letter.

What is a Housing Element?

The purpose of the housing element is to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to support housing preservation, improvement, and development for all economic segments of the community.

The State of California requires each City and County to plan for its fair share of the regional housing need. This fair share is determined through a process called the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA). Once a local government has received its RHNA, it must revise its housing element to show how it plans to accommodate its portion of the region’s housing need.

Why Should You Get Involved?

The Housing Element process provides all residents, property owners, and businesses with the chance to help guide the future of housing in the city. A successful Housing Element will reflect the community needs through the year 2031.  In order to do this, we need your input!

How to participate?

  • Join our email list. Just click the orange “eMail List” button on the top of the screen.

  • Send us your thoughts, anytime! Use the green “Comments” button to send us a comment at your convenience.

  • Participate in Workshops. Throughout the Update process, the Housing Element Team will host events, online surveys, and more. These will be critical opportunities for you to provide guidance to the Housing Element Team. Please check the website regularly and watch for announcements via the mailing list.

  • Review Documents. The Housing Element Team will post all draft documents to the website. Please check the Documents page for all project deliverables and instructions on commenting.  

The Journey Begins Here: The Housing Element Update Process

The Housing Element Update for Lodi includes multiple phases beginning with community engagement, updating the Housing Element, and drafting the necessary CEQA documentation.

Outreach

There will be several opportunities throughout the Housing Element Update process for community members and stakeholder to provide input and feedback.

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Phase 1: Project Initiation

This lays the foundation for the Housing Element Update, including developing tools to be used throughout the update, meeting with the Planning Commission and City Council, creating a project schedule, and initiating the community engagement program.

Phase 2: Review and Evaluate Current Housing Element

The Project Team will review Lodi’s 2015-2023 Housing Element and evaluate the effectiveness of existing policies and programs, progress in meeting identified goals, and compliance with new State laws.

At this phase the Project Team will also begin engaging community members and stakeholders to seek input on housing issues and economic, social, and geographic housing needs.

Phase 3: Administrative Draft Housing Element Update

The Project Team will begin drafting the Administrative Review Draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element that outlines the goals, policies, and programs to be included in the Update. The Draft will include an Existing Housing Needs Analysis, Fair Housing Assessment, and sites inventory. The Draft will be sent to City staff for feedback.

Phase 4: Public Review Draft Housing Element Update

The Draft Housing Element Update will be released for public review. The public will be able to submit comments on the draft Housing Element Update for a 30-day comment period. The Project Team will review and incorporate public comments into a revised Housing Element Update prior to taking it to the Planning Commission.

Phase 5: State Certification

The Project Team will revise the Public Review Draft Housing Element Update based on direction from the Planning Commission and City Council and prepare the draft to be delivered to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review.

HCD has 90 days to review the Draft Housing Element Update and provide comments to the Housing Element Team. The Housing Element Team will make any necessary changes to the Draft Housing Element Update and work closely with HCD to get conditional approval prior to the Planning Commission and City Council hearings.

Phase 6: Community Outreach

The Project Team will implement a Community Engagement Strategy that is inclusive of all those who make up the community, including residents; workers; businesses; property owners; developers and residential builders; educational institutions; civic, community, and non-profit organizations; religious, social, cultural, and ethnic committees; and public agencies. The Strategy will include both in-person and virtual opportunities for participation.

Meetings and Engagment Opportunities Include:

  • Community Workshop #1: Housing Concerns and Needs
  • Stakeholder Interviews and Focus Group Meetings
  • Community Workshop #2: Vacant and Underutilized Sites Assessment
  • Planning Commission and City Council Study Sessions on the Housing Element
  • Community Housing Needs Survey
  • Community Workshop #3: Public Review Draft Housing Element Update
  • Community Workshop: Safety Element
  • Planning Commission and City Council Study Sessions on the Safety Element
  • Planning Commission and City Council Adoption Hearings: Safety Element
  • Community Workshop #EJ-1: Environmental Justice
  • Community Workshop #EJ-2: Environmental Justice
  • Planning Commission and City Council Study Sessions on Environmental Justice
  • Planning Commission and City Council Adoption Hearings: Environmental Justice

Phase 7: Public Hearings

The Project Team will respond to HCD staff comments, incorporate those responses into a Public Hearing Draft Housing Element, and facilitate adoption of the Final Housing Element.

Phase 8: Environmental Review

The Project Team will prepare required, applicable documents for CEQA review.

Phase 9: Tribal Consultations

The Project Team will conduct government-to-government tribal consultation in accordance with Assembly Bill 52 of 2014 (AB 52) and Senate Bill 18 of 2004 (SB 18).

Phase 10: Review General Plan for Consistency

The Project Team will review the General Plan to ensure consistency with the Housing Element Update, including land use; growth management and infrastructure; community design and livability; transportation; parks, recreation and open space; conservation; and noise elements and prepare recommendations for revisions, as appropriate.

Phase 11: Preparation of Other Elements of the General Plan

The Project Team will identify and map critical assets (emergency services, transportation, public health) that could be exposed to climate hazards and conduct a spatial and qualitative analysis of the sensitivity and adaptive capacity of each. A key component of the vulnerability assessment will be an evaluation of the potential for climate change to disproportionally impact vulnerable population groups (e.g., seniors, children, low-income communities, outdoor workers).

Aspects of Phase 11 include:

  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • AB 747 Analysis
  • SB 99 Analysis
  • Safety Element Update

Phase 12: Zoning Code Compliance

The Project Team will conduct a thorough diagnosis of the Zoning Code and identify provisions that are inconsistent with recent changes in State housing law, and will prepare a Zoning Code Diagnosis Report that describes any provisions of the current Zoning Code that conflict with, or do not fully address, State housing law (e.g., objective design standards, ADUs) and provide recommendations to correct any deficiencies.

2023-2031 Housing Element and Targeted General Plan Element Updates

Contact:

Cynthia Marsh
City Planner

(209) 269-4412
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