2023-2031 Housing Element Update
Since its incorporation in 1974, Moraga's Housing Element and General Plan have described the type of community we want to be in the future and set forth goals, policies and action programs to help us become that community. The housing element identifies opportunities, challenges, and resources associated with housing through the 2015 - 2023 Housing Element one of the seven mandated elements of the adopted 2002 General Plan. The State mandates the update of the Housing Element on eight-year cycles. The Town is now updating the Element for the next planning period, which is 2023 - 2031.
Housing Element 2023 - 2031
A major advanced planning initiative with multiple components was included as a 2021 Town Council Goal & Priority. The 2023-2031 Housing Element is the cornerstone of this initiative. The Town of Moraga falls within the Association of Bay Area Government (ABAG) region. The State has determined that the Bay Area region must plan for an additional 441,176 new units, of which Moraga's allocation is 1,118 new housing units for the upcoming 6th Cycle. Strategic rezoning will be required to meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation. Components of this planning initiative include:
- Basic Housing Element
- Bollinger Valley Special Study Area Zoning
- Re-zoning to accommodate the Town’s housing allocation
- Safety Element Update for high fire severity zones
- Update of transportation standards to include Vehicle Miles Travelled (SB 743)
- Public Engagement Process
- Full California Environmental Quality Act review
Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
Since 1969, the State of California has required each local government to plan for its share of the state’s housing needs for people of all income levels. The California Department of Housing and Community Development, (HCD), determines the total number of new homes the Bay Area needs to build—and how affordable those homes need to be—in order to meet the housing needs of people at all income levels. Through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, every local jurisdiction is assigned a number of housing units representing its share of the state’s housing needs for an eight-year period. The State directs the regional agency, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to develop a methodology for distributing the Bay Area’s portion of the state housing needs to local governments within the nine-county region. The ABAG Regional Housing Needs Allocation methodology for 2023 - 2031 can be found here.
The housing element update will require compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Due to the potential for significant impacts, a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be completed. The EIR will analyze all environmental impacts that may result from intensification of development on sites including transportation, traffic, noise, sensitive areas and habitats, air quality, and more. The EIR will take a programmatic approach so that future projects can use some of the analysis and findings when projects are proposed in the future.
The Housing Element includes an extensive public engagement process to reach all segments of the community and stakeholder groups to ensure residents are aware of the requirement to zone for a variety of housing types and address affordable housing needs, and to ensure that the policies reflect local priorities and values. The public engagement process includes community workshops, presentations to neighborhood and community organizations, focus group meetings, web-based information and activities (surveys), and updates to the Planning Commission and the Town Council, as well as public hearings. Numerous communication platforms will be utilized, such as flyers, various social media posts, web announcements, press releases, news stories, and information for neighborhood newsletters. Upcoming meetings, workshops and hearings will be posted below.
Government Code 65583(c)(7) requires that: "The local government shall make a diligent effort to achieve public participation of all economic segments of the community in the development of the housing element.” The housing element will need to describe efforts made to engage the community throughout the process. The community engagement process should establish a community vision, continually inform the public, engage in meaningful dialogue, and receive input and feedback so that a path forward is established.
Upcoming Events & Meetings:
October 27, 6:30 p.m. - Town Council meeting with Legislative Update. Learn about the recent bills passed by the State on housing. Join at:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81669392067 Webinar ID: 816 6939 2067, no pre-registration is required.
October 28, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. - Housing Element Community Workshop Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81979786590 Meeting ID: 819 7978 6590, No per-registration is required.
* If translation services are required, please contact the Planning Department at (925) 888-7040, 48 hours in advance of a meeting.
How Can I Get Involved:
Your informed participation and feedback is appreciated. We encourage you to attend the meetings, contact staff with questions, and visit the website for updates.