On September 7, 2022, the City of Chico submitted its Initial Draft Housing Element “v1” to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for a 90-day review and received preliminary comments from HCD on November 10, 2022.
In response to the preliminary comments from HCD, the City has posted a Revised Draft Housing Element “v2” on the City’s Housing Element website and has sent an email to all Chico Housing Element subscribers to solicit comments between November 22, 2022 and November 30, 2022 (7 days). Edits to the initial draft “v1” are shown in track changes.
The Revised Draft Housing Element “v2” has not been adopted by the Chico City Council. The purpose of this draft is to respond to HCD’s requests, and it will be submitted to HCD for further review. HCD’s initial 90-day review period concludes on December 6, 2022. After the initial review period concludes, HCD will provide a letter to the City with a determination if the draft is in compliance or if additional edits are requested. The final version of the draft will be provided to the public and adopted by the City Council in a public hearing.
For the Initial Draft “v1”, the City conducted a 83-day public comment period between May 12, 2022 and August 2, 2022 and spent 25 business days between August 3, 2022 and September 7, 2022 incorporating revisions based on feedback received.
How to submit public comments between November 22, 2022, and November 30, 2022: Any person may submit written comments. All written materials can be submitted in one of three ways: 1) emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org; 2) submitted in person to the City of Chico Community Development Department, 411 Main Street, Second Floor; or 3) mailed to P.O. Box 3420, Chico, CA 95927. Written materials should refer to the 2022 Housing Element Update.
Community Meeting #1
On February 10, 2021, the City invited residents to participate in a live webinar and discussion on housing challenges and possibilities. Community input and feedback gathered during this event will help define the priorities for housing in our City and influence future housing policies. Access the materials from the webinar and breakout groups here.
Housing Needs Plan
This document describes the methodology for the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the 2022-2030 Housing Element Update (6th Housing Element Cycle). A major goal of the RHNP is to ensure a fair distribution of housing among the cities and county, so that every community provides an opportunity for a variety of housing affordable to all economic segments.
The 2022 Housing Element Update planning process will perform an extensive update of the 2014 Housing Element’s policies to ensure that policies reflect current values, housing needs, and conditions. You can download the City's Housing Element for the period 2014-2022 here.
Housing Accountability Act
The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) establishes the state’s overarching policy that a local government may not deny, reduce the density of, or make infeasible housing development projects, emergency shelters, or farmworker housing that are consistent with objective local development standards.
Accessory Dwelling Units
ADUs are a unique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs and provide affordable housing options for family members, friends, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, people with disabilities, and others. The State has published an ADU Handbook to assist local governments in encouraging the development of ADUs that you can download below. The City of Chico has developed resources to aid in the development of ADUs that can be found on their website: www.chico.ca.us/adujadu-information
Understanding the Cost of Developing Affordable Housing
This interactive tool from the Urban Institute puts you in the driver's seat of an affordable housing development to explore the variables that affect its development, and better understand why government subsidies are needed to create, preserve and operate affordable housing.
Community Meeting #2
On August 11, 2021, the City invited residents to participate in a live webinar and discussion on housing goals and activities. Community input and feedback gathered during this event will help define the priorities for housing in our City and influence future housing policies. Access the materials from the webinar presentation and breakout groups here.