City to hold public hearing on housing on June 20

The 374-page Draft Housing Element, shown above, includes policies to increase housing access and affordability in Piedmont.

In an email to residents on June 10, the City of Piedmont said it would conduct a public hearing on Monday, June 20, at City Hall as it asks City Council to direct staff to provide the Draft Housing Element for the 6th Cycle to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for its 90-day review.

The city has been working to update its housing element to comply with new state requirements around increasing the number of affordable housing units in town. It most recently held a Town Hall on the subject on June 7. (See reporting below.)

From the City email:

State law requires cities to update their General Plan Housing Element. The City of Piedmont Draft Housing Element for the 6th Cycle (2023 – 2031) (“Draft Housing Element”) is part of the City’s General Plan and applies City-wide.

The Draft Housing Element provides a plan for addressing housing needs over the next 8 years. The proposed Draft Housing Element has been developed to meet the State of California’s legal requirements, including the requirement to plan for the City’s share of the regional housing needs allocation (“RHNA”).

The City of Piedmont is in the process of developing a programmatic and comprehensive Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act for the Draft Housing Element. The EIR will be considered for certification in conjunction with the City’s final certification of the Housing Element.

The Draft Housing Element is available for public review on the City’s web page at https://piedmont.ca.gov as well as https://piedmontishome.org. It is also available at City Hall, located at 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

On May 12, 2022, the Planning Commission recommended that the City Council direct staff to send the Draft Housing Element to HCD for its 90-day review.

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY be heard, and written comments may be submitted prior to the public hearing(s). Written comments will be made a part of the public record. If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this noticed or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Piedmont at or prior to the public hearing.

You may choose to write your opinion and address the response to the Piedmont City Council via email at citycouncil@piedmont.ca.gov or via U.S. Mail at Piedmont City Council, 120 Vista Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611.

All City Council meetings are televised live on KCOM-TV, the City’s government access TV station and will be available through streaming video on the City’s website https://piedmont.ca.gov/government/meeting_videos

The City of Piedmont will publish the meeting agenda not less than 72 hours prior to the meeting. The agenda will be available online at: https://piedmont.ca.gov/government/city_council

The agenda will also be posted at City Hall and Police Department bulletin boards.

QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES regarding this matter, or to review information for the project described above, can be directed to:
Pierce Macdonald, Senior Planner
Piedmontishome@Piedmont.ca.gov
(510) 420-3063


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