PITTSBURG -- This city is seeking community input on its blueprint for future housing needs.

Pittsburg is updating its Housing Element, which is a part of its overall guiding document for the city. Its purpose is to account Pittsburg's housing for the next few years by supporting a diversity of home types and prices for current and future residents of all income levels and ages.

The city's housing allocation is 2,025 homes by 2022, of which 646 must be for those who qualify as having very low and low income, according to the Association of Bay Area Government.

The plan does not mean Pittsburg must build that many homes, but must have the room to accommodate them, associate planner Leigha Schmidt said

The city's timeline calls for a draft document to be considered by the planning commission and city council in the fall. It then must be approved by the state department of Housing and Community Development.

An online community survey to participate in the process will be active until Aug. 18.

"We want to know where people want scarce resources located, whether its rental assistance, loans for rehab, making houses green," Schmidt said. "We can use that information to go forward with policies and programs."

More details about the housing element, along with the survey, are on the city website at www.ci.pittsburg.ca.us.


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