2021-2029 Housing Element Update

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At a Glance

  • Since 1969, California law has required that all cities and counties demonstrate how they will meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.

  • Every eight years, the state, via our regional association of governments (San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG), tells cities how many homes they must plan for to accommodate people of varying income levels.

  • For the 2021-2029 planning period, SANDAG allocated 912 planned new housing units under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) to Coronado.

  • To accommodate the new housing units, the city creates or updates its housing plan, known as the housing element, which details how the city will accommodate the projected housing needs.

  • The city is currently updating its Housing Element to identify specific actions to be taken over the 2021-2029 planned period related to housing.

  • Although Coronado can accommodate some of the 912 housing units on property already designated for homes, the city needs to identify and rezone additional sites to accommodate 912 units, plus a 15% buffer for a total of 1,049 units to meet state requirements and guidelines. The City is looking to utilize military housing and ADU/carriage housing to meet a portion of the requirements.


Draft Housing Element Update

The draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update for potential new housing sites in Coronado is available for public review below. The City is looking to utilize military housing and ADU/carriage housing to meet a portion of the RHNA requirements.


General Plan Amendment

The Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update Requires amendments to the City's Land Use Element of the General Plan. The amendments establish a New Housing Element Opportunity Site Overlay Zone and consolidate existing single family residential categories into one Low-Density Residential Land Use designation. The general Plan Land Use Map Amendment applies the Housing Element Overlay Zone to Opportunity sites. The City is releasing these Draft Amendments for a 45-day review period, from February 7, 2024 - March 23, 2024. Please see below for the Notice of Availability and the Draft Land Use Element Amendments.


Local Coastal Program Amendment

The Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update Requires amendments to the City's Local Coastal Program. Various sections of the City’s Municipal Code are proposed to be amended to further the programs and policies of the Housing Element Update. These amendments include but are not limited to: update the City’s Zoning and General Plan Land Use Designation Maps, add a Housing Element Opportunity Site Overlay Zone chapter, update various sections of the zoning ordinance to comply with current state law, establish minimum densities in the R-4 and R-PCD zones, reduce parking requirements for affordable housing developments, and allow for the conversion of carriage houses. The City is releasing these Draft Amendments more than six weeks prior to the final decision by the City Council in accordance with state law. The City anticipates holding a public hearing before the Planning Commission at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, and before the City Council at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Both meetings will occur in the Coronado City Council Chambers located at 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118. Please see below for the Notice of Availability and draft amendment documents.



Next Steps

We need your input over the coming months. Please review the Draft Housing Element Update documents and provide any comments you have to Jesse Brown. Your feedback will help refine the initial Housing Element update into a final draft document.


Why this matters

  • Providing housing to meet the needs of all income levels is critical to the social and economic health of a city.
  • It can be challenging for coastal cities like Coronado with limited housing to attract teachers, public safety officers, and military personnel, and other middle-income professionals because of the high cost of housing. The Housing Element Update will help Coronado meet the existing and future needs of the community.
  • Without an approved housing plan, the State can issue fines, revoke the City's permitting authority, and the City will be ineligible for certain grants.


Additional information

Per state law, the Housing Element has two main purposes: to provide an assessment of both current and future housing needs and constraints in meeting these needs and to provide a strategy that establishes housing goals, policies, and programs.

The City's Housing Element is an eight-year plan for the 2021-2029 period, which differs from the City’s other General Plan elements that cover a much longer period. The Housing Element serves as an integrated part of the General Plan but is updated more frequently due to State requirements.

The Housing Element identifies strategies and programs that focus on:

  1. Maximizing housing opportunities throughout the community
  2. Assisting in the provision of affordable housing
  3. Removing governmental and other constraints to housing investment; and
  4. Promoting fair and equal housing opportunities

Other news


Previous Outreach

On March 17, 2021 the City released the Public Review Draft Housing Element Update 2021-2029 and began accepting comments. Comments received prior to April 16, 2021 were provided to the California Department of Housing & Community Development for their consideration, and all comments received by the City were considered by the City's Planning Commission and City Council prior to adoption. The City held a public workshop October 22, 2021 via Zoom for residents interested in learning about the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. In addition to the workshop, a community survey was available from October 22 to November 22, 2020. Results can be viewed here.


At a Glance

  • Since 1969, California law has required that all cities and counties demonstrate how they will meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.

  • Every eight years, the state, via our regional association of governments (San Diego Association of Governments or SANDAG), tells cities how many homes they must plan for to accommodate people of varying income levels.

  • For the 2021-2029 planning period, SANDAG allocated 912 planned new housing units under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) to Coronado.

  • To accommodate the new housing units, the city creates or updates its housing plan, known as the housing element, which details how the city will accommodate the projected housing needs.

  • The city is currently updating its Housing Element to identify specific actions to be taken over the 2021-2029 planned period related to housing.

  • Although Coronado can accommodate some of the 912 housing units on property already designated for homes, the city needs to identify and rezone additional sites to accommodate 912 units, plus a 15% buffer for a total of 1,049 units to meet state requirements and guidelines. The City is looking to utilize military housing and ADU/carriage housing to meet a portion of the requirements.


Draft Housing Element Update

The draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update for potential new housing sites in Coronado is available for public review below. The City is looking to utilize military housing and ADU/carriage housing to meet a portion of the RHNA requirements.


General Plan Amendment

The Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update Requires amendments to the City's Land Use Element of the General Plan. The amendments establish a New Housing Element Opportunity Site Overlay Zone and consolidate existing single family residential categories into one Low-Density Residential Land Use designation. The general Plan Land Use Map Amendment applies the Housing Element Overlay Zone to Opportunity sites. The City is releasing these Draft Amendments for a 45-day review period, from February 7, 2024 - March 23, 2024. Please see below for the Notice of Availability and the Draft Land Use Element Amendments.


Local Coastal Program Amendment

The Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update Requires amendments to the City's Local Coastal Program. Various sections of the City’s Municipal Code are proposed to be amended to further the programs and policies of the Housing Element Update. These amendments include but are not limited to: update the City’s Zoning and General Plan Land Use Designation Maps, add a Housing Element Opportunity Site Overlay Zone chapter, update various sections of the zoning ordinance to comply with current state law, establish minimum densities in the R-4 and R-PCD zones, reduce parking requirements for affordable housing developments, and allow for the conversion of carriage houses. The City is releasing these Draft Amendments more than six weeks prior to the final decision by the City Council in accordance with state law. The City anticipates holding a public hearing before the Planning Commission at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, March 26, 2024, and before the City Council at 4:00 pm on Tuesday, April 16, 2024. Both meetings will occur in the Coronado City Council Chambers located at 1825 Strand Way, Coronado, CA 92118. Please see below for the Notice of Availability and draft amendment documents.



Next Steps

We need your input over the coming months. Please review the Draft Housing Element Update documents and provide any comments you have to Jesse Brown. Your feedback will help refine the initial Housing Element update into a final draft document.


Why this matters

  • Providing housing to meet the needs of all income levels is critical to the social and economic health of a city.
  • It can be challenging for coastal cities like Coronado with limited housing to attract teachers, public safety officers, and military personnel, and other middle-income professionals because of the high cost of housing. The Housing Element Update will help Coronado meet the existing and future needs of the community.
  • Without an approved housing plan, the State can issue fines, revoke the City's permitting authority, and the City will be ineligible for certain grants.


Additional information

Per state law, the Housing Element has two main purposes: to provide an assessment of both current and future housing needs and constraints in meeting these needs and to provide a strategy that establishes housing goals, policies, and programs.

The City's Housing Element is an eight-year plan for the 2021-2029 period, which differs from the City’s other General Plan elements that cover a much longer period. The Housing Element serves as an integrated part of the General Plan but is updated more frequently due to State requirements.

The Housing Element identifies strategies and programs that focus on:

  1. Maximizing housing opportunities throughout the community
  2. Assisting in the provision of affordable housing
  3. Removing governmental and other constraints to housing investment; and
  4. Promoting fair and equal housing opportunities

Other news


Previous Outreach

On March 17, 2021 the City released the Public Review Draft Housing Element Update 2021-2029 and began accepting comments. Comments received prior to April 16, 2021 were provided to the California Department of Housing & Community Development for their consideration, and all comments received by the City were considered by the City's Planning Commission and City Council prior to adoption. The City held a public workshop October 22, 2021 via Zoom for residents interested in learning about the process to incorporate the state’s new housing requirements. In addition to the workshop, a community survey was available from October 22 to November 22, 2020. Results can be viewed here.

  • Background Information

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    The Housing Element is a state-mandated and city-initiated policy document included in the City of Coronado General Plan. The Housing Element identifies policies and programs to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all economic segments in the City. The Housing Element update will identify specific actions to be taken over the 2021-2029 planning period related to housing.

    The City’s current Housing Element, its 5th Cycle, was adopted by the City Council in February 2013 and certified by the state Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in March 2013. The adopted Housing Element covers the planning period from January 01, 2013, through April 30, 2021.

    The City is currently implementing the current Housing Element’s goals, programs and actions. To comply with state law, the City’s Housing Element must be updated to ensure Coronado’s policies and programs can accommodate the estimated housing growth need identified in the San Diego Association of Governments' Regional Housing Needs Assessment allocation for the 2021-2029 planning period. The 6th Cycle Housing Element will require state review for compliance with existing law.

    Notwithstanding the City’s legal challenge to address a housing allocation that assigned Coronado an 1,800% increase from its prior housing allocation cycle, the City is statutorily required to move forward with the Housing Element update.

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