Yes. The Housing Element Survey results (PDF) for the 6th cycle are available.
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The Housing Element is one of the mandatory elements that must be included in a city’s General Plan. The Housing Element provides goals, polices, and actions that help the City of Lake Elsinore plan for existing and future housing needs for all segments of its population and expresses community goals about housing in Lake Elsinore.
The City Council adopted the 2014 to 2021 Housing Element (PDF) on August 27, 2013 by Resolution Number 2013-057 (PDF). Through policies, procedures, and incentives, it provides an action plan for maintaining and expanding the housing supply in the City of Lake Elsinore. On September 16, 2003, HCD issued a letter of certification for the adopted Housing Element.
The Housing Element must cover the following topics:
Every Housing Element must make an "adequate provision for the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community." The adopted 2021 to 2029 RHNA for Lake Elsinore is 6,681 units divided into four different income affordability categories. Despite the wording, the RHNA is a "distribution of housing development capacity" that each city must zone for in a planning period. A community is not actually obligated to provide housing to all in need but it must plan for it.
The Housing Element is a required chapter of the City's General Plan. The General Plan is a city's constitution for future development. The general and specific policies of the General Plan serve as the basis for the City's land use decisions and provides to both the interested public and the decision-makers a practical and implementable policy vision for the future.
The City's current General Plan adopted December 11, 2011 has a 2030 planning horizon. In July 2020, the Lake Elsinore City Council adopted the Dream Extreme 2040 Plan as the City's first long-term strategic plan to assist the City in its pursuit of achieving its vision and to provide a framework to guide all decision-making over the next 20 years by identifying key Anchors, Aspirations, and Strategies. The City has started a review and update of the General Plan to extend its planning horizon to 2040 and to reflect the Dream Extreme 2040 Plan's vision.
State law requires that the General Plan contain a consistent set of goals and policies. Therefore, the Housing Element will be consistent with the policies contained in other elements of the General Plan. In addition to the preparation of the 2021-2029 Housing Element, the City is required to review and update as necessary the General Plan's Safety Element to address fire risk and other hazards and to adopt an Environmental Justice Element. The Safety Element review and update and the Environmental Justice Element will be incorporated into the 2040 General Plan.
California law requires an update of the Housing Element every eight years in order to remain relevant and reflective of the community's changing housing needs. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) must approve the updated Housing Element.
Over the years, California has steadily increased the penalties for not having a legally compliant Housing Element, and this trend is expected to continue. A non-compliant Housing Element can affect the City negatively in the following ways:
The City of Lake Elsinore prepares the Housing Element, and the Housing Element must be certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This certification creates a presumption that the Element complies with State law.
The City will be conducting outreach activities during the Housing Element update. Due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City is working to identify safe and effective forms of public input. Visit the Let's Talk Housing, Lake Elsinore webpage to find out how you can provide comments and feedback.
For more information of the Housing Element update, to submit comments, or to request notification of upcoming events, please email Richard J. MacHott, Planning Manager, or call 951-674-3124, ext. 209.
Para obtener información adicional sobre la actualización del Elemento de Vivienda, un capítulo importante del Plan General de la ciudad, favor de enviar un correo electrónico a Richard J. MacHott, Gerente de Planificación o llamar 951-674-3124, ext. 209.
Yes. The workshop presentation and video recording are available. Watch the live recording of the workshop or view the presentation slides (PDF).
You can also view comments from the workshop (PDF).
On July 28th, the Lake Elsinore City Council placed Measure Z - a local funding measure to address City service, public safety and local recovery needs. If enacted, Measure Z will be a locally controlled one-cent sales tax to ensure the City is self-reliant for current public safety needs and is prepared for any health or catastrophic emergency.
Having the capacity to respond to 911 emergencies is critical for saving lives. Measure Z will ensure that we have enough law enforcement officers, firefighters and paramedics to respond quickly to 911 emergencies.
Yes. Measure Z will provide the funding needed to avoid deep cuts in all service areas, including police, 911 emergency response, the maintenance of streets, parks and public facilities, as well as programs for youth and seniors.
Through an extensive engagement effort, Lake Elsinore residents have identified the following City service priorities:
Lake Elsinore voters will also have the opportunity to select the City Councilmembers for Districts 2, 4 and 5 as well as the City’s Treasurer.