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Housing Element



The City of Lomita is updating the Housing Element for 2021-2029


The Housing Element is an element of the General Plan that serves as the City’s housing plan. The City is
currently updating its Housing Element for the next eight-year planning period (2021-2029), as required by state law. The Housing Element must assess the housing needs of our City and adequately plan to meet the City’s projected housing needs through a strategic vision and policy guide, as well as an assessment of the City’s land. The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure that decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing opportunities are available for all current and future residents of the City, including those with special needs.

To address the existing and projected future housing needs of the City of Lomita, the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update will:

• Analyze demographics,economics & housing supply
• Analyze housing constraints and resources
• Evaluate sites and appropriate for potential housing
• Develop goals, objectives, policies, & programs

Why update the Housing Element?

California State law requires that the City update the Housing Element every eight years, because housing is
critical to ensure economic prosperity and quality of life in our region. State law requires the adoption of the
updated Housing Element by October 2021 but provides a 120-day grace period to comply. Non-compliance with State Housing Element law could result in fines and loss of sources of funding provided by the State.

What is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)?

RHNA is known as the housing unit target, as it quantifies the need for housing and informs the planning process to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from changes in population, employment, and household characteristics.

The housing target for the region is set by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) assigns that the City is required to plan for. The RHNA, or housing target, is broken down by income category, ensuring that all economic groups are accommodated. This year, the regional allocation was significantly higher than it has been in past years and will require the City of Lomita to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity needed to ensure there are adequate opportunities for housing.

For the 2021-2029 planning cycle, the City’s target share is as follows:

Income Category ...................................... Target
Very-Low ..................................................... 238 units
Low ............................................................. 124 units
Moderate .................................................... 127 units
Above-Moderate ......................................... 338 units
Total ............................................................ 827 units

How to participate?

The success of the Housing Element update requires community input and engagement. There will be multiple
opportunities to participate throughout the process, including virtual public meetings, workshops, and surveys.

If you have any questions, please email Daniella Contreras at d.contreras@lomitacity.com, or call (310) 325-7110 x 119. To sign up to be notified of online public meetings, workshops, and surveys, please visit the City's website at: www.lomita.com/cityhall