2023-2031 Housing Element Update
This page includes general information on the Housing Element, its connection to the General Plan, and the State requirements that drive the update.
Housing Element Workshop #2
Held: April 13, 2023 @ 5:30 pm
Hutchins Street Square (Cottage/Pisano Rooms)
125 S. Hutchins St., Lodi, CA 95240
Thank you for joining us on Thursday, April 13, 2023, for the second community workshop for the Housing Element Update. The workshop summarized vacant and underutilized sites with potential for housing, as well as sites appropriate for affordable housing, and included opportunities for public input. For those unable to attend in person, the event was livestreamed on Facebook.
What is a Housing Element?
The City is currently working on an update to its Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period. The purpose of the housing element is to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to preserve, improve, and develop housing for all economic segments of the community.
A Housing Element consists of two parts: the Needs Assessment and the Policy Document.
- The Needs Assessment identifies and analyzes the existing and projected housing needs, provides a list of sites for housing development that are adequate to accommodate the City’s regional housing needs allocation, documents constraints to housing production, and analyzes fair housing issues, locally and regionally. In short, the Housing Needs Assessment provides the context for the City's housing action plan.
- The Policy Document includes goals, policies, and programs that respond to the housing needs, constraints, and issues identified in the Needs Assessment and serves as the City’s housing action plan for the next eight years.
Explaining the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
The State of California requires each jurisdiction in California 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). As part of RHNA, HCD determines the total number of housing units needed for each region of the state, a portion of which need to be affordable to very low-, low-, and moderate-income residents. For San Joaquin County, the San Joaquin County Council of Governments (SJCOG) is then tasked with developing a methodology to determine the number of housing units each San Joaquin County jurisdiction is responsible for. Each local jurisdiction must then revise its housing element to show how it plans to accommodate its portion of the region’s housing need, including providing potential sites for development.
HCD determined that the SJCOG region needs to add 52,719 housing units across all income categories by 2031.
To distribute these housing units throughout the region, SJCOG adopted its 6th Cycle RHNA Plan that covers an 8.5-year planning period from June 2023 through December 2031. Using the approved methodology in the RHNA Plan, SJCOG distributed the 52,719 units it was allocated by the State across the region's seven jurisdictions and the unincorporated county, allocating a total of 3,909 new housing units to the City of Lodi (about 7.5 percent of the region's total RHNA). The allocation of housing units by income category for the City of Lodi is below:
- Very Low Income: 941 units
- Low Income: 591 units
- Moderate Income: 706 units
- Above Moderate Income: 1,671 units
- Total RHNA: 3,909 units Learn more about SJCOG and the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan by clicking the button below.
How is the Housing Element Connected to the General Plan?
The Housing Element is one of the seven required elements of the General Plan. However, it has several unique requirements that sets it apart from the other six elements. State law requires each local government to update its housing element every eight years and specifies what information must be included in the housing element to be compliant with State law. The housing element is the only element reviewed and certified by the State for compliance with State law. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the State department responsible for this certification.
Certification of a compliant housing element is important to the City’s eligibility for State funding programs for transportation, infrastructure, and housing.
The City’s General Plan was last updated and adopted in April 2010. Click here to learn more about the Lodi General Plan.
What has changed since the last Housing Element Update?
The 2023-2031 Housing Element builds upon the previous Housing Element and works to respond to new State requirements. Key aspects of this Update include:
- Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) chapter to be added based on new State requirements.
- Housing Needs chapter to be updated with new data to reflect conditions since the last update.
- Constraints to Housing chapter to be updated based on new State requirements, the City zoning code, and feedback from stakeholders and the community.
- Site Inventory to be updated based on development activity.
- Goals, Policies, and Programs to be updated to respond to changing housing needs, new State laws, and findings in the AFFH analysis.
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