The time has come to update the City's Housing Element, also known as the City's housing plan. The Housing Element provides an analysis of the community's housing needs for all income levels, and strategies to provide for those housing needs. The housing element must be updated every eight years.
The Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) will determine Pacifica's fair share of the regional housing need. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) is charged with developing the methodology to allocate regional housing unit needs. The Final RHNA Allocation Report for the San Francisco Bay Area was approved by California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in January 2022. Pacifica's allocation for the 2023-2031 RHNA cycle is 1,892 housing units (compared to 413 units in the current cycle).
Learn more about housing elements and RHNA here.
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In partnership with San Mateo County’s Home for All Engagement Program, the community came together in the Spring of 2019 to talk about the future of housing in Pacifica. Two online surveys were shared with the public to initiate the housing conversation, followed by two events held on April 13, 2019 and May 21, 2019 (more information below). The survey and events propelled a much-needed conversation on housing challenges. At the April 13 and May 21 events, important dialogue on housing was shared among neighbor-to-neighbor and the community explored how we can work together to address Pacifica’s housing needs. These engagements were made possible by the Home for All Grant from San Mateo County. The purpose of Home for All is to advance new approaches for community engagement around the critical topic of housing. We are excited to report that both engagements from April 13 and May 21 were highly successful. Read and click on the links below to learn about how the process went.
The second housing conversation took place on Tuesday, May 21 with an even greater turnout compared to the first housing conversation. Over 90 interested and engaged community members came out to Ingrid B. Lacy Middle School. Key themes that emerged from the April 13 conversation were reviewed. A presentation on creative housing options was heard and a handout was provided. The City also provided bilingual services and materials at the meeting.
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The first housing conversation took place at the Pacifica Community Center on April 13. A turnout of 85 community participants came together in a facilitated round-table dialogue to discuss:
The goal of the meeting was to develop a shared understanding about how the current housing situation affects the community and to identify priorities, values, and principles that can guide the City’s upcoming planning efforts in the process of updating its General Plan, Local Coastal Program, and developing a new Sharp Park Specific Plan.
Two separate online surveys were posted to City Hall Listens as part of outreach to ask the community to reflect on their experiences with housing.
Survey 1 asked participants to “Share three words or thoughts about where you live in Pacifica. It could be about something specific, like your house or apartment, or something more general about your neighborhood. What, if anything, would you hope to change about where you live in Pacifica?
Survey 2 asked participants to “Share three words or thoughts that somebody outside of your family would say about their housing situation in Pacifica. What, if anything, do you think this person would hope to change about where they live in Pacifica?”
In late 2018, the City of Pacifica applied for and was awarded a grant from the County of San Mateo to support City participation in the Home for All Community Engagement Program. The same grant funding was also awarded to the cities of Brisbane, San Mateo, Foster City, and Hillsborough for the 2019 cohort year. A grant agreement with the City of Pacifica went into effect March 2019, and soon after staff and elected officials hit the ground running with outreach efforts. During the grant, the City was required to attend Learning Network meetings and to report out to the Learning Network on the progress of the strategy, effective best practices engaged, and lessons learned throughout the process. City staff and elected officials periodically convened with the County and the cohort cities to learn about community engagement strategies and make the two community conversations successful.
The extensive Outreach Process included high-level marketing and engagement activity which included but, was not limited to:
In early 2019, the City began the simultaneous process of updating its General Plan and Local Coastal Plan, and developing a Specific Plan for the Sharp Park neighborhood. Help shape the future of Pacifica by participating in the Plan Pacifica process. Read more about the Plan Pacifica process.
ACCESSORY DWELLING UNITS
Accessory Dwelling Units or “ADUs” can help mitigate the widespread and ongoing shortage of affordable housing within Pacifica. An ADU is a smaller, independent residential dwelling unit located on the same lot as a stand-alone single-family home. Read Article 4.5 on Accessory Dwelling Units.
HIP Housing is a private nonprofit organization providing housing services to the community who are searching for affordable housing in San Mateo County. HIP’s Home Sharing Program matches two or more unrelated people in a mutual living arrangement. Read about HIP Housing.
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