Housing Element Update
The City of Arcadia is updating the Housing Element for the years 2021 to 2029. The Housing Element is a state-required policy document that plans for current and future housing needs within Arcadia. It identifies strategies for expanding housing opportunities and services for all household types and income groups and provides policy guidance for local decision-making related to housing.
The Housing Element is one of the 8 required Elements of the City’s General Plan. The General Plan establishes long-range planning and policy in the City for land use and community design, economic development, circulation and infrastructure, resource sustainability, parks, recreation, and community resources, safety, noise, and housing. While the General Plan is a 25 year Plan, State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years. The City is currently updating its Housing Element for the 2021-2029 period. A major component of this update is the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA"), in which the State estimates each region's housing needs for all income groups.
What is RHNA?
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA") is a part of the State's housing element law that determines the projected and existing housing needs for each jurisdiction in the State. In its Housing Element, the City must demonstrate to the State that there are no unnecessary barriers to the housing approval process in order to meet the RHNA allocation for the City.
On March 4, 2021, the Southern California Association of Governments ("SCAG") released its final draft allocation of housing units for each jurisdiction in its region, which can be found here. The City has received a final draft allocation of 3,214 new units for this upcoming planning period. Additional information on RHNA can be found at SCAG and at California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The City of Arcadia has been allocated a RHNA of 3,214 total housing units with the following income breakdown:
- 1,102 very-low income units;
- 570 low income units;
- 605 moderate income units; and
- 937 above-moderate income units.
Housing Types - Definitions
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