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Housing Element Map News Item

Planning Commission Hearing and Revised HCD Draft Housing Element for Review

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In August 2022, the City’s submitted the initial draft 2023-2031 Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review. In November 2022, HCD sent a response letter to the City with revisions necessary to comply with State Housing Element Law.

The City has prepared a Revised Draft that incorporates HCD’s revisions and public comments received up to March 2023. Two versions of the document are posted for review: 1) Revised Draft and 2) Revised Draft showing changes from the HCD Review Draft in underline and strike through. Also posted are the public comments received and the City’s responses to comments. Please visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/HEU  to review these documents online.

On May 4, 2023 the Planning Commission will hold a hearing to receive a presentation and public comment on the Revised Draft Housing Element, hold a discussion, and provide feedback to staff. Please visit SantaBarbaraCA.gov/PC for the agenda and how to participate in this hearing.

Comments on the Revised Draft can be submitted to the City at HEU@SantaBarbaraCA.gov. You can also submit comments directly to HCD at HousingElements@hcd.ca.gov.

After HCD’s review, the City will consider adopting the final 2023-2031 Housing Element. The adoption hearings process will provide further opportunities for public input.