Housing Element Update

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WHAT IS A HOUSING ELEMENT? 

The Housing Element is one of seven required chapters (“elements”) in the General Plan.  The City's Housing Element outlines Gilroy’s goals, policies, and implementation programs for the preservation, conservation, improvement, and production of housing. The Housing Element also identifies the specific actions the City will take to address existing and future housing needs.

WHY ARE WE UPDATING THE HOUSING ELEMENT?

The State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) requires cities to update their Housing Elements every eight years. The current Housing Element covers the period from January 2015 to January 2023. The next period is from 2023 to 2031. The update process is an opportunity to reflect on Gilroy's changing needs, resources, and conditions. An effective housing element provides the necessary conditions for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing, including housing affordable to seniors, families, and low-income workers. While the Housing Element must address specific state requirements, it is ultimately a local plan and should reflect the priority of the community

WHAT WILL BE INCLUDED IN THE HOUSING ELEMENT?

A successful Housing Element will outline the strategies the City will take over the 2023 - 2031 planning period and include:

  1.  Community outreach and feedback will be a vital component of Gilroy's Housing Element update process.
  2.  An analysis of existing and projected housing needs and available resources to address the City’s housing needs. The Housing Element will address special-needs populations such as farmworkers, large families, female-headed households, seniors, and people with physical or developmental disabilities.
  3.  A sites inventory of land suitable for housing development.
  4.  An identification and analysis of governmental constraints to maintaining, improving, or developing housing for all income types and special needs populations. Examples of constraints include zoning and land use controls, fees, and permitting procedures.
  5.  A program of policies and goals that include specific steps to achieving the goals. Examples include equal housing opportunities and strategies to preserve affordable units from conversion to market rate units.


Community Outreach

The first (virtual) Community Meeting was held on August 11th. The purpose of this meeting was to provide information on the update process. Attendees also joined a virtual breakout session to discuss housing needs in Gilroy. 

The City has recently hired a consultant team to lead the community outreach effort, including online surveys, stakeholder interviews, virtual workshops, and more. 

A study session is tentatively scheduled for March 2022 (date to be determined). This study session will be open to public comment at the beginning of the meeting. Staff also welcomes any comments or suggestions by mail or email to the following address 

Stay tuned for additional outreach opportunities.

  

Additional Housing Information


  1. Let's Talk Housing Santa Clara (letstalkhousingscc.org)
  2. Affordable Housing 101 and FAQs
  3. Housing in Gilroy
  4. Housing Laws 101