Housing Element Update

Documents for January 5, 2022 City Council Meeting Public Hearing

The City Council will be conducting a public hearing for the proposed Housing Element 2021-2029 and associated environmental analysis on January 5, 2022. The City Council meeting packet will be available prior to this public hearing, but you will find below links to the two documents to be considered by the City Council. 

Draft for Adoption Only - 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021-2029)

Final Initial Study for the 6th Cycle Housing Element (2021-2029)

2021-2029 Indio Housing Element Update

City of Indio Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element

Public Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration - Draft Initial Study

Draft Housing Element Review

The Draft Housing Element was available for public review from August 17, 2021 to September 20, 2021 during which the City received written comments. These comments together with comments to be received from the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) will be evaluated and addressed as appropriate in the next public version of the document. More information will be provided at a later date so please continue to check back regularly.

January 5, 2022 ~ City Council Public Hearing Notice

NOTICE OF CITY COUNCIL PUBLIC HEARING

GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT - HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE/ADOPTION OF NEGATIVE DECLARATION AND INITIAL STUDY

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Indio City Council will hold an in-person and virtual public hearing on Wednesday, January 5, 202 beginning at 5:00 p.m. for the item (s) further described below. Participation and view options for this meeting are provided following the description of the public hearing item:

Public Hearing Items: The project proposes an amendment to the City of Indio General Plan 2040 adopted on September 18, 2019 to update the Plan’s Housing Element. As required under State Law, the City of Indio is preparing an update to the City’s Housing Element of its adopted General Plan previously adopted in 2013. The California State Department of Housing and Community Development has provided a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) that has assigned the City of Indio with a RHNA allocation of 7,812 housing units in the City between 2021 and 2029 of which 2,963 or 38% of the housing units must be affordable. The Planning Commission conducted a public hearing on this item on December 8, 2021 and recommended to the City Council the approval of this item.

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Determination: Pursuant to the provisions of CEQA Guidelines Section 15070-15075, the Director of Community Development has determined that the General Plan Amendment - Housing Element Update will not have significant impact on the environment. The Director of Community Development concludes that the updated Housing Element will provide the capacity to accommodate the RHNA for the planning period with the necessary goals and policies to ensure adequate development of housing for the City during the housing cycle. The Director of Community Development further concludes that the updated Housing Element is a policy document, and its adoption would not result in any direct or indirect physical impacts because no development or construction is authorized by this action. Therefore, the Director of Community Development representing the City of Indio as the lead agency has concluded that a Negative Declaration is appropriate for the project and that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is not required. On August 17, 2021, the City of Indio issued and circulated for a 30-day public review and comment period a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration for the Housing Element Update. The public comment period began on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and ended on Monday, September 20, 2021.

Consistent with Government Code Section 54953(e) (Assembly Bill 361), members of the Indio City Council and City Staff are permitted to attend the meeting by teleconference and such teleconference locations are not accessible to the public and are not subject to special posting requirements. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable modification or accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 760-391-4007 prior to the meeting for assistance. Members of the public who desire to address the City Council during the meeting may do so either in person or orally or in writing as described below:

In-Person Meeting Option: The meeting will be conducted in the City of Indio City Council Chamber, 150 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201. This meeting will be open to the public for in-person attendance in addition to virtual meeting participation opportunities via Zoom in compliance with current governmental orders. Members of the public will be required to comply with the California Department of Health Guidance for indoor public settings unless otherwise exempt.  

View Only Meeting Option: You may view only the meeting via Livestream on the City's website or via Facebook Live or via YouTube.

View and Participate Option: View and participate via Zoom at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81512396876?pwd=RkYrd1RmbUcwd3JCdzFBU1JpOGlJdz09 Webinar ID: 815 1239 6876, Passcode: 537207

Written Comments: Written public comments on agenda and non-agenda items, or both, may be submitted by email to Sabdi Sanchez, City Clerk Administrator at ssanchez@indio.org. Please specify on the subject line the agenda item number or if general public comment (i.e., non-agenda item). Email/written comments must be received by the City Clerk Administrator no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting, and such comments will be distributed to the City Council and posted on the agenda landing page and be made part of the agenda packet and public record of the meeting; however, they will not be read during the meeting. 

Oral Comments: Oral testimony can be provided in person or during the virtual live session. Individual speakers are limited to three minutes each, unless, for good cause, the presiding officer amends the time limit. To address the City Council in person please complete speaker request card located at the entrance and give it to the City Clerk Specialist. Your name will be called when it is your turn to speak. To address the City Council during the virtual live session via zoom, please email the City Clerk Administrator at sanchez@indio.org. The City Clerk Administrator will facilitate to the extent possible any email requests to provide oral testimony that are sent during the live meeting. Please specify on the subject line of the email “Oral Comment” and note the agenda item number or if general comment (i.e., non-agenda item). To participate during the live session, please keep track of the meeting proceedings by watching the meeting via Livestream, Facebook Live, YouTube, or Zoom. Your name will be called when it is your turn to speak.  

Public Hearing Items: Any person may provide in-person comments on public hearing items. Oral or written comments will also be accepted on public hearing items in the manner prescribed above, except that comments will be accepted during the public hearing until the hearing is closed. If you challenge the decision of this project/application in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing or in correspondence filed prior to or during the hearing.

Accessibility Accommodation: If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable modification or accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Sabdi Sanchez, City Clerk Administrator at ssanchez@indio.org 24 hours in advance of the hearing for assistance.

Additional Information Contact: Additional information concerning the above matter may be obtained from and written comments should be addressed to Kevin Snyder, AICP, Director of Community Development, at ksnyder@indio.org.

Published Date: December 22, 2021

 Sabdi Sanchez, City Clerk Administrator

December 8 ,2021 ~ Planning Commission Public Hearing Notice



CITY OF INDIO
NOTICE OF PLANNING COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING
GENERAL PLAN AMENDMENT - HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City of Indio Planning Commission will hold an in-person and virtual public hearing on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for the items further described below. Participation and view options for this meeting are provided following the description of the public hearing item: 

Public Hearing Items: The project proposes an amendment to the City of Indio General Plan 2040 adopted on September 18, 2019 to update the Plan’s Housing Element. As required under State Law, the City of Indio is preparing an update to the City’s Housing Element of its adopted General Plan previously adopted in 2013. The California State Department of Housing and Community Development has provided a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) to the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) that has assigned the City of Indio with a RHNA allocation of 7,812 housing units in the City between 2021 and 2029 of which 2,963 or 38% of the housing units must be affordable. 

California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Determination: Pursuant to the provisions of CEQA Guidelines Section 15070-15075, the Director of Community Development has determined that the General Plan Amendment - Housing Element Update will not have significant impact on the environment. The Director of Community Development concludes that the updated Housing Element will provide the capacity to accommodate the RHNA for the planning period with the necessary goals and policies to ensure adequate development of housing for the City during the housing cycle. The Director of Community Development further concludes that the updated Housing Element is a policy document, and its adoption would not result in any direct or indirect physical impacts because no development or construction is authorized by this action. Therefore, the Director of Community Development representing the City of Indio as the lead agency has concluded that a Negative Declaration is appropriate for the project and that the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is not required. On August 17, 2021, the City of Indio issued and circulated for a 30-day public review and comment period a Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration for the Housing Element Update. The public comment period began on Tuesday, August 17, 2021 and ended on Monday, September 20, 2021. 

Consistent with Government Code Section 54953(e) (Assembly Bill 361), members of the Indio Planning Commission and City Staff are permitted to attend the meeting by teleconference and such teleconference locations are not accessible to the public and are not subject to special posting requirements. If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable modification or accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) please contact the Office of the City Clerk at 760-391-4007 prior to the meeting for assistance. Members of the public who desire to address the Planning Commission during the meeting may do so either in person or orally or in writing as described below:

In-Person Meeting Option: The meeting will be conducted in the City of Indio City Council Chamber, 150 Civic Center Mall, Indio, CA 92201. This meeting will be open to the public for in-person attendance in addition to virtual meeting participation opportunities via Zoom in compliance with current governmental orders. Members of the public will be required to comply with the California Department of Health Guidance for indoor public settings unless otherwise exempt.  

View Only Meeting Option: You may view the meeting via Livestream on the City's website, via Facebook Live or via YouTube .

View and Participate Option via Zoom  Webinar ID: 857 8421 9177, Passcode: 92201

Written Comments: Written public comments on agenda and non-agenda items, or both, may be submitted by email to Vanessa Castillo, City Clerk Specialist at vcastillo@indio.org. Please specify on the subject line the agenda item number or if general public comment (i.e., non-agenda item). Email/written comments must be received by the City Clerk Specialist no later than 2:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting, and such comments will be distributed to the Planning Commission and posted on the agenda landing page and be made part of the agenda packet and public record of the meeting; however, they will not be read during the meeting.  

Oral Comments: Oral testimony can be provided in person or during the virtual live session. Individual speakers are limited to three minutes each, unless, for good cause, the presiding officer amends the time limit. To address the City Council in person please complete speaker request card located at the entrance and give it to the City Clerk Specialist. Your name will be called when it is your turn to speak. To address the City Council during the virtual live session via zoom, please email the City Clerk Specialist at vcastillo@indio.org. The City Clerk Specialist will facilitate to the extent possible any email requests to provide oral testimony that are sent during the live meeting. Please specify on the subject line of the email “Oral Comment” and note the agenda item number or if general comment (i.e., non-agenda item). To participate during the live session, please keep track of the meeting proceedings by watching the meeting via Livestream, Facebook Live, YouTube, or Zoom. Your name will be called when it is your turn to speak.   

Public Hearing Items: Any person may provide in-person comments on public hearing items. Oral or written comments will also be accepted on public hearing items in the manner prescribed above, except that comments will be accepted during the public hearing until the hearing is closed. If you challenge the decision of this project/application in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing or in correspondence filed prior to or during the hearing.

Accessibility Accommodation: If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable modification or accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact Vanessa Castillo, City Clerk Specialist, at vcastillo@indio.org, 24 hours in advance of the hearing for assistance.

Additional Contact Information: Additional information concerning the above matter may be obtained from and written comments should be addressed to Kevin Snyder, AICP, Director of Community Development, at ksnyder@indio.org.


Published Date: November 24, 2021 
Kevin H. Snyder, AICP, Director of Community Development 

 

Virtual Community Meetings: 

Please click on the links below to view all three virtual community meetings for the City of Indio Housing Element Update.

Video Recording of February 18, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 1

Video Recording of April 22, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 2

Video Recording of July 8, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 3

   

What is the Project?

 State law requires the City of Indio to update its Housing Element every eight years. With the previous eight year cycle Housing Element (2013 - 2021) coming to an end, the City must now plan for the next eight year cycle. Indio’s 6th Cycle Housing Element must be adopted and certified by October 2021. Without certification, the City could be penalized and lose important State funding.

The State sets the total number of units that each region in California must build. The Southern California region has to plan for over 1.3 million units. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the regional planning agency that identifies and assigns the number of housing units each local government must plan for. In Indio’s case, SCAG has identified that the city must plan for the production of 7,812 housing units in the City between 2021 and 2029. 2,963 or 38% of the housing units must be affordable. More specifically, the City’s new Housing Element must plan for 1,793 affordable housing units for very-low income households for those earning less than 50% of the regional average median income and 1,170 affordable housing units for those earning between 50% and 80% of the regional average median income.

In addition to the update of the City’s Housing Element, the City will also explore the potential adoption of pro-housing policies and strategies. This effort will occur after the City Council’s adoption of the updated Housing Element. The California Department of Housing and Community Development will designate local governments as pro-housing if they adopt policies and strategies to accelerate housing production in their communities. Designated pro-housing jurisdictions will be awarded additional points or preference in programs such as the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC), Transformative Climate Communities (TCC), Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) programs and other state funding programs.

 How is the Project Being Funded?

 The City applied for and received a $300,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant for the project. The City executed its agreement with the California Department of Housing and Community Development for use of the grant monies on December 29, 2020.

Who is Managing the Project?

 The Indio Community Development Department is managing the project. In August 2020, the City Council approved a contract with Dudek to provide professional consulting services to the City to assist in the Housing Element Update and the development of potential pro-housing strategies.  

What is the Housing Element?

 The Housing Element is a required element of the General Plan and is the City’s strategic plan for providing new housing opportunities while preserving housing for existing residents. Every eight years, the State requires each local jurisdiction to plan for a certain allocation of housing units. The City’s Housing Element will serve as the City’s housing plan for 2021-2029, setting clear goals and objectives on meeting the housing needs of all segments of the population and preventing the displacement of existing residents. The Housing Element does not build new units, but rather provides a plan of action for producing housing of all types and income levels in the City. The components of the Housing Element are largely dictated by the State and typically must include:

  • A detailed analysis of the City’s demographic, economic, and housing characteristics;
  • A comprehensive analysis of the barriers to producing and preserving housing;
  • A review of the City’s progress in implementing current housing policies and programs;
  • An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan; and
  • A list of sites (aka the Suitable Sites Inventory) that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet the quantified housing number established in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site. If there are insufficient sites and capacity to meet the RHNA allocation, then the Housing Element is required to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity.

Project Resources

January 20, 2021 - Joint City Council & Planning Commission Meeting: Housing Element Update Presentation

November 4, 2020 Council Agenda Packet for Dudek Professional Services Agreement

Indio 5th Cycle Housing Element (2014-2021)

Share Your Thoughts and Ideas

 Do you have thoughts and ideas for the Housing Element Update that you would like to share? If so, you can either email HousingUpdate@indio.org with them or call 760-391-4061 and leave a voice mail message.

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