Thursday, January 16, 2014

What happened at Planning Commission?

We're so glad you asked!

What the agenda lacked in quantity it made up for in quality.  After about a half a year in preparation, Staff presented the Planning Commission with the draft Housing Element for their consideration.  

To give you some background, every city and county in California is required to adopt a General Plan.  The General Plan is a community's long range blueprint that guides decision-making to achieve the established goals of the community.  In a sense, the General Plan acts as the constitution by which all decisions should be based.  Important stuff.

So back to the Housing Element.  The Housing Element is one of the seven required sections or "elements" of the General Plan and addresses the community's future housing needs.  The Element establishes policies and programs specifically to address Monrovia's existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community.  Different from the other elements, the Housing Element has specific time frames when it must be updated.  The current cycle is for the period 2014-2021.  

Last night, the Commission held a public hearing to discuss the draft Housing Element.  At the close of the hearing, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to recommend approval to the City Council who will hear this item at their February 4 meeting.  

Curious?  A lot more information can be found on the City's website.