CONCORD -- The city seeks residents' input on current and future housing needs in Concord.
A 20-question online survey asks residents to identify the city's most pressing housing issues and to weigh in on the best way to improve housing in Concord and the most desirable type of housing for the downtown area.
"We were trying to get a sense of what people's situation is now and what they're interested in for the future in terms of housing improvement that can happen, not just downtown, but citywide," said Joan Ryan, senior planner.
A link to the survey is on the city's website. The deadline for filling out the survey is Feb. 10.
State law requires that cities periodically update their housing elements, which outline housing policies and programs. The council adopted the current Concord housing plan in 2010.
To satisfy the region's housing needs, the Association of Bay Area Governments has determined that Concord must accommodate 3,478 housing units -- including 798 for households with very low income and 444 for those with low income -- from 2014 to 2022.
The city is not required to ensure that the housing is built, but it must identify and zone potential sites where developers would be "reasonably" expected to build housing. The state Department of Housing and Community Development will review and certify the housing element.
Since Concord is relatively built out, the city will be focusing on infill housing projects, Ryan said. Although more than 12,000 housing units are planned for the site of the former Concord Naval Weapons Station, construction is still years away.
ABAG has assumed that only 10 percent of the city's current housing allocation will be attributable to the weapons station, Ryan said.
The previous housing element, which covered 2007-2014, identified about 221 acres where 4,189 residential housing units could be built. The analysis assigned more than half of those units to mixed-use sites that are designated for residential and commercial projects including downtown, and the Monument Boulevard and Clayton Road corridors.
In December, the council approved the second phase of the Renaissance apartments project which includes 179 market-rate rental units. The first phase of the Galindo Street project includes 135 units.
For the past year, the city also has been working on a downtown specific plan to guide development of about 600 acres around the downtown Concord BART station, Ryan said. Residents are invited to an open house at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 27, to get an update on the specific plan.
Lisa P. White covers Concord and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.
To take the Concord housing survey, visit www.ci.concord.ca.us. Paper surveys are available in the Permit Center, 1950 Parkside Drive, Concord. The deadline to complete the survey is Feb. 10. For more information, contact senior planner Joan Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 925-671-3370.