Housing Element Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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This is where you will find Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Draft Housing Element. This page will be updated on a weekly basis. Please check back for updated Questions and Answers.



What is a Housing Element?

The State of California mandates that all local governments have a plan to meet the existing and future housing needs. This is accomplished through the General Plan. The Housing Element is a Chapter of the General Plan that addresses local housing issues and provides goals, policies, and actions in support of safe, decent, and affordable housing, as required by state law.

The Housing Element has various statutory requirements for analyzing and assessing current and future housing needs, constraints, and resources. The City's housing goals, policies, and programs establish the City's official strategy for meeting the City's housing needs.

The Housing Element contains the following components:

  • Evaluation of existing and project future demographic and economic conditions
  • Evaluation of housing constraints
  • Assessment of resources available to address housing needs
  • Identification of adequate site to accommodate projected housing needs
  • Assessment of current housing programs and policies
  • Goal, policies, and actions to address current and existing housing needs

The Housing Element is reviewed for compliance with state law by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). All of the statutory requirements for Housing Elements can be referenced on HCD's website at www.hcd.ca.gov


Why do we need to update the Housing Element?

State law requires periodic updates to the Housing Element to ensure housing policy is considers current and project future needs. State law requires the updating of the Housing Element every eight years. The City of Newport Beach's next eight-year planning period is for the years 2021-2029.

The City of Newport Beach's 2021-2029 Housing Element is required to be updated by October 15, 2021, to meet the deadlines established in state law. The City's Housing Element will be reviewed for compliance with state law by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.


What is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?

Future housing needs are determined by the Regional Housing Needs Allocation. The RHNA establishes the future housing growth need for each jurisdiction within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG's determination of this housing growth need to mandated by state law. More information about the RHNA process is available on SCAG's RHNA website at www.scag.ca.gov/rhna.

The following Table describes the City of Newport Beach's RHNA growth need for the 2021-2029 Planning Period


City of Newport Beach

2021-2029 Regional Housing Needs Assessment

Income Category

% of Area Median Income

Income Range

RHNA Allocation (Housing Units)



Minimum

Maximum


Very Low Income

0-50% AMI

$0

$51,500

1,456 units

Low Income

51-80% AMI

$51,501

$82,400

930 units

Moderate Income

81-120% AMI

$82,401

$123,600

1,050 units

Above Moderate Income

>120% AMI

$123,601

.>$123,601

1,409 units




Total

4,845 units


Will Newport Beach be required to building these housing units?

The Housing Element is a plan of actions to address community housing needs over the 2021-2029 planning period. The City of Newport Beach is obligated to provide the necessary policies, programs that allow the private market to develop future housing. Therefore, the City of Newport Beach must provide the requisite land-use policies to allow private development to develop housing if they so choose.


How are potential future housing sites determined?

The Housing Element must identify the locations where future housing can be built and the assumptions for density and affordability on those sites. The evaluation of sites must demonstrate that future sites for housing can be deemed as good candidates for housing today and/or in the future: The evaluation of these potential sites consider a variety of considerations, consistent with state law, including but not limited to:

  • Environmental constraints
  • Sites features
  • Vacant lots
  • Market trends and development activity
  • Existing and future land use policy
  • Community factors/public comments

The City of Newport Beach has developed a draft listing of candidate sites as identified in the initial Draft Housing Element. The sites can be view at the following link: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/general-plan-codes-and-regulations/general-plan-update/housing-element-screencheck-draft-march-10-2020


Do all sites identified in the Housing Element sites inventory have to be developed?

The Housing Element identifies sites that could accommodate housing sites today, or that will have new land-use policies to accommodate them in the future. The sites inventory expresses the City's capacity to accommodate growth and does not require a private property owner to develop their property. While sites may be identified to permit future residential development, the City can not mandate a property owner to develop the sites


Does the Housing Element address current existing housing issues and not just future growth needs?

The Housing Element evaluates existing housing needs in the community and provides policies and actions to address them. This existing housing needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing for households with special needs
  • Overcrowding
  • Housing conditions
  • Housing support services
  • Fair housing
  • Affordability

Future housing growth needs are just one component of the overall Housing Element.


How can I stay informed about the Housing Element update process?

The City's NewportTogether.com website will provide regular updates about meetings, documents, and other components of the update process. You may also sign up for an email list to stay informed. The City encourages your participation throughout the planning process.


This is where you will find Frequently Asked Questions relating to the Draft Housing Element. This page will be updated on a weekly basis. Please check back for updated Questions and Answers.



What is a Housing Element?

The State of California mandates that all local governments have a plan to meet the existing and future housing needs. This is accomplished through the General Plan. The Housing Element is a Chapter of the General Plan that addresses local housing issues and provides goals, policies, and actions in support of safe, decent, and affordable housing, as required by state law.

The Housing Element has various statutory requirements for analyzing and assessing current and future housing needs, constraints, and resources. The City's housing goals, policies, and programs establish the City's official strategy for meeting the City's housing needs.

The Housing Element contains the following components:

  • Evaluation of existing and project future demographic and economic conditions
  • Evaluation of housing constraints
  • Assessment of resources available to address housing needs
  • Identification of adequate site to accommodate projected housing needs
  • Assessment of current housing programs and policies
  • Goal, policies, and actions to address current and existing housing needs

The Housing Element is reviewed for compliance with state law by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). All of the statutory requirements for Housing Elements can be referenced on HCD's website at www.hcd.ca.gov


Why do we need to update the Housing Element?

State law requires periodic updates to the Housing Element to ensure housing policy is considers current and project future needs. State law requires the updating of the Housing Element every eight years. The City of Newport Beach's next eight-year planning period is for the years 2021-2029.

The City of Newport Beach's 2021-2029 Housing Element is required to be updated by October 15, 2021, to meet the deadlines established in state law. The City's Housing Element will be reviewed for compliance with state law by the state Department of Housing and Community Development.


What is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?

Future housing needs are determined by the Regional Housing Needs Allocation. The RHNA establishes the future housing growth need for each jurisdiction within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG's determination of this housing growth need to mandated by state law. More information about the RHNA process is available on SCAG's RHNA website at www.scag.ca.gov/rhna.

The following Table describes the City of Newport Beach's RHNA growth need for the 2021-2029 Planning Period


City of Newport Beach

2021-2029 Regional Housing Needs Assessment

Income Category

% of Area Median Income

Income Range

RHNA Allocation (Housing Units)



Minimum

Maximum


Very Low Income

0-50% AMI

$0

$51,500

1,456 units

Low Income

51-80% AMI

$51,501

$82,400

930 units

Moderate Income

81-120% AMI

$82,401

$123,600

1,050 units

Above Moderate Income

>120% AMI

$123,601

.>$123,601

1,409 units




Total

4,845 units


Will Newport Beach be required to building these housing units?

The Housing Element is a plan of actions to address community housing needs over the 2021-2029 planning period. The City of Newport Beach is obligated to provide the necessary policies, programs that allow the private market to develop future housing. Therefore, the City of Newport Beach must provide the requisite land-use policies to allow private development to develop housing if they so choose.


How are potential future housing sites determined?

The Housing Element must identify the locations where future housing can be built and the assumptions for density and affordability on those sites. The evaluation of sites must demonstrate that future sites for housing can be deemed as good candidates for housing today and/or in the future: The evaluation of these potential sites consider a variety of considerations, consistent with state law, including but not limited to:

  • Environmental constraints
  • Sites features
  • Vacant lots
  • Market trends and development activity
  • Existing and future land use policy
  • Community factors/public comments

The City of Newport Beach has developed a draft listing of candidate sites as identified in the initial Draft Housing Element. The sites can be view at the following link: https://www.newportbeachca.gov/government/departments/community-development/planning-division/general-plan-codes-and-regulations/general-plan-update/housing-element-screencheck-draft-march-10-2020


Do all sites identified in the Housing Element sites inventory have to be developed?

The Housing Element identifies sites that could accommodate housing sites today, or that will have new land-use policies to accommodate them in the future. The sites inventory expresses the City's capacity to accommodate growth and does not require a private property owner to develop their property. While sites may be identified to permit future residential development, the City can not mandate a property owner to develop the sites


Does the Housing Element address current existing housing issues and not just future growth needs?

The Housing Element evaluates existing housing needs in the community and provides policies and actions to address them. This existing housing needs include, but are not limited to:

  • Housing for households with special needs
  • Overcrowding
  • Housing conditions
  • Housing support services
  • Fair housing
  • Affordability

Future housing growth needs are just one component of the overall Housing Element.


How can I stay informed about the Housing Element update process?

The City's NewportTogether.com website will provide regular updates about meetings, documents, and other components of the update process. You may also sign up for an email list to stay informed. The City encourages your participation throughout the planning process.


Page last updated: 13 April 2021, 10:07