Housing Element Special Meeting November 15th

Housing Element Special Meeting 6pm November 15th

Staff Report and Open House Exhibits Available Online

Published November 14, 2022 | Updated November 17, 2022

Update: At the November 15th, 2022 meeting, City Council unanimously voted to authorize staff to submit the City's Draft Housing Element to the State for review.

Video of the meeting is available online.

City of Piedmont staff will seek City Council authorization to submit the City’s Draft Housing Element to the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for review at a special meeting on Tuesday, November 15th, 2022 at 6:00pm.

Community members can watch the meeting and provide comment in-person or online. 

City Council Special Meeting
Tuesday, November 15th, 2022, 6pm
Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Avenue
Join remotely: https://piedmont-ca-gov.zoom.us/j/82069023014

Download the meeting agenda and staff report.

Open House Exhibits available for download

Planning & Building staff hosted an informational open house on Wednesday, November 9th to give community members an opportunity to learn more about proposed updates to the Draft Housing Element in advance of this week’s City Council meeting.

For those who were not able to attend in person, the exhibits from the event are available for download:

Proposed Updates Based on City Council Direction from August 1

On August 1st, 2022, the Piedmont City Council directed staff to analyze the viability of potential changes to the Draft Housing Element, including:

  • Increased reliance on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to meet State-mandated housing production targets
  • Relocation of affordable units in the sites inventory from the Civic Center area to the mixed-use zone on Grand Avenue
  • Expansion of the Moraga Canyon Specific Plan area to include all City-owned property along Moraga Avenue

Staff and consultants have completed the analysis directed by the City Council and will be presenting a revised sites inventory that reflects the results of that analysis.

The official State deadline for cities to adopt a compliant Housing Element is January 31, 2023. Once the City submits a Draft Housing Element for review, HCD has up to 90 days to return comments with requested revisions. Working actively to minimize any potential period of non-compliance, Planning & Building staff are in regular communication with HCD reviewers. The City is optimistic that once submitted, Piedmont’s Draft Housing Element will move through the review process swiftly.