What is the Housing Element?
The Housing Element is one of nine State-required components of every city’s General Plan, and a city’s primary planning document to address its housing needs for the future. California state law requires that in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs, local governments must adopt plans that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development, and demonstrate how the City’s share of regional growth will be accommodated for in the planning period that the Housing Element addresses.
As Jurupa Valley continues to grow, we need to plan for where future residents will live by updating the City’s housing policies and designating space by 2021 to accommodate the City’s share of regional housing allocation of 4,485 new housing units for the 2021-2029 planning period. This includes designating sites for market rate housing, and housing that is affordable to very low, low and moderate incomes. The City doesn’t have to build the housing units but must provide appropriate zoning on sites that offer real development potential, fair process and fees.
The Housing Element sets goals, policies, and programs that are implemented after the plan is adopted to achieve this objective. The Housing Element must remain consistent with the other elements of the General Plan, which was adopted in 2017.
Why Update the Housing Element?
The Housing Element must be updated every eight years and certified by the State, and this update will address the period from 2021 to 2029. The current Jurupa Valley Housing Element addresses the City’s housing needs for the period from 2013 to 2021, and provides a baseline for this update. This update gives us the opportunity to evaluate the current goals, policies, and programs, and determine the revisions needed to improve the effectiveness of the City’s housing plan.
It is important to note that if we don’t update our Housing Element or fall significantly behind on our housing targets, the City could be deemed out of compliance and risk losing important sources of funding currently provided by the State. In addition, by proactively planning for new housing and identifying potential sites where new housing development should occur, Jurupa Valley maintains local control to regulate housing development in a manner consistent with our local character and quality of life. The outcome of successfully planning for housing is to provide for housing choice and viable neighborhoods where the attainment of a decent home and suitable living environment for every member of our community is possible.
We Want to Hear from You!
Public input is important to help the City develop a plan that best meets our community’s needs and priorities when it comes to providing housing for all members of our community. There will be multiple opportunities to participate throughout the update process. Please sign up to be notified of the next meeting or opportunity for online input. Please respond to the online housing survey below.
- Housing Element Update Survey Here.
- En Español Aquí.
Housing Element Update Manager