State wants revisions to Hills housing plan | New

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has reviewed the City of Chino Hills housing plan and has requested many revisions, such as communicating with low income and special needs households , including the elderly, for their comments.

In addition to calling for greater public participation, HCD requested supporting information regarding special housing needs, the state of the city’s housing stock and evidence showing that efforts to rezoning were complete, said community development director Joann Lombardo.

The HCD submitted a nine-page letter to the city of Chino Hills in September listing the revisions needed to comply with the state’s Housing Features Act.

For example, the city was asked to provide an explanation of the cumulative effectiveness of actions aimed at reaching populations such as the elderly, the disabled, female-headed households and the homeless. The state noted that the city’s estimate of 457 accessory housing units (ADUs) to accommodate a portion of low-income household terms was based on plan check requests and submissions, not ADU authorized.

The city responded that the city had ADUs as a buffer zone if some of the sites identified were not functioning, and was not relying on these units to meet state-mandated housing numbers.

The city has developed a 15-page response letter addressing the state’s concerns, including the addition of a section on special housing needs.

The city also provided statistics, tables and narratives on measures taken to address special housing needs, including people aged 65 and over, people with disabilities, large households, the homeless and households in poverty.

According to the city’s housing component, 16.2 percent of households in Chino Hills have extremely low incomes, with incomes below 30 percent of the county median. Among older renter households, 35.5% are in very low income.

The city has incorporated the revisions into the housing component that will be presented to the Chino Hills Planning Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 21 at 7 p.m. in the council chamber.

The updated housing element will then be presented to Chino Hills City Council at a meeting in January and submitted to HCD for further consideration.

To meet the demand for further public participation, the city designed a survey for residents, property owners, business owners, developers, special needs housing groups and housing service providers, Ms. Lombardo.

The survey was emailed to over 100 property owners who participated in the workshops and the housing component update process.

The individuals included owners of commercial and residential properties, developed and undeveloped.

The survey was also emailed to developers, nonprofit real estate developers, religious establishments, special needs and fair housing groups, Lombardo said.

Notices of the survey are mailed to residents of neighborhoods identified as having a higher proportion of low-income and / or low-cost housing households, including the neighborhoods of Los Serranos and Sleepy Hollow and the three parks. of mobile homes in the city.

The city also made the survey available on the city’s website, social media platforms, the city’s TV channel and a current post in residential utility bills.

The survey will end on January 11, 2022.

To access the survey and for information on the housing component, including the UNHCD letter and the city’s response, visit chinohills.org/housinge lementupdate.

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