ALBANY -- The city is starting the process for preparation of its general plan housing element for 2015-23 by holding an open house to get community input from 7 to 9 p.m. July 22 in the council chamber at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

The housing element, one of seven elements mandated by the state for the city's general plan, "includes goals, policies, and action programs to promote conservation of existing housing, production of new housing, provision of housing for persons with special needs, and equal access to housing by all residents," Albany notes in an announcement.

The city must also compile a needs assessment, sites inventory, an evaluation of housing constraints, goals, policies and actions.

The element must be submitted for state certification of compliance before it can be adopted.

Albany only completed its housing element for 2007-14 this year, adopting it in March, shortly before the start of the new cycle.

The open house and discussion next week will include a presentation on the preparation of the updated element for the next cycle, followed by a question-and-answer period and open discussion.

The city says it will use input in drafting the new element, which will seek to identify potential locations for development of 335 new residential units and changes or refinements to its housing-related policies and action programs.


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For more details contact Anne Hersch at ahersch@albanyca.org or Jeff Bond at jbond@albanyca.org of call 510-528-5760.