Housing Element (2014-2022)
The housing element is one of seven State-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan. Housing element law requires local governments to adequately plan to meet their existing and projected housing needs including their share of the regional housing need. On May 21, 2013, the City of Menlo Park adopted its Housing Element through the 2014 planning period and the State Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) certified the Housing Element on June 18, 2013.
Adopted Housing Element (2007-2014)
The next Housing Element cycle, for the planning period 2014-2022, is already upon us. Within each planning period, regional housing needs are identified for each jurisdiction in a process referred to as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) that includes the State and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). The City of Menlo Park’s allocation for the 2014-2022 planning period is 655 dwelling units.
The Housing Element for the 2014-2022 planning period is required to be adopted by January 31, 2015. Local governments that adopt its Housing Element on time will not have to adopt another housing element for eight years, instead of every four years
Housing Element Implementation
The City must also begin implementing programs identified in the current Housing Element. For compliance with State law (SB2), the following key programs have been identified for implementation at this time:
- Program H3.A (Zone for Emergency Shelter for the Homeless)
- Program H3.B (Zone for Transitional and Supportive Housing)
Program H3.C, which is the adoption of procedures for reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities, has also been targeted as part of the implementation work program. The establishment of these procedures is one of five criteria needed to qualify for a streamlined review process for the next Housing Element cycle.
Finally, staff will be working on Program H4.F (Creating an Amnesty Program for Secondary Dwelling Units) based on City Council feedback, given the recent adoption of the modifications to the secondary dwelling unit ordinance.
Depending on HCD’s comments, a fourth Housing Element Steering Committee may be needed to provide direction on any outstanding issues. It is anticipated that the City will commence on the formal hearing process related to the adoption of the Housing Element (2014-2022) and the various ordinances for the above-mentioned implementation programs in Spring 2014. A tentative scheduled is outlined in the process graphic
The Housing Element Update and implementation process will be guided by a Steering Committee comprised of the following:
- Peter Ohtaki, City Council
- Rich Cline, City Council
- Carolyn Clarke, Housing Commission
- Sally Cadigan, Housing Commission
- Katie Ferrick, Planning Commission
- Katherine Strehl, Planning Commission
A schedule of the meetings and the associated staff reports, presentations and summaries are located on the Steering Committee subpage.