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Community Invited to Joint Study Session of Planning Commission, Housing & Human Concerns Committee to Discuss Draft Housing Element of New General Plan

Redwood City, CA - March 25, 2009 – The community is invited to join the Redwood City Planning Commission and the Housing and Human Concerns Committee (HHCC) for an important joint study session to discuss and comment on the City’s Draft Housing Element, to be made part of the New General Plan. This special joint study session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at City Hall, 1017 Middlefield Road, starting at 7 pm. The Draft Housing Element is available for review online at (click on “Schedule of Meetings and Workshops” and then scroll to March 31; direct link), or by contacting the City Planning Division at 780-7234.

The Draft Housing Element is one of the most important documents in the New General Plan, as it specifies strategies and methods that may be undertaken to meet the housing needs of existing and future resident populations throughout Redwood City. This Element must be updated periodically, consistent with State Housing Element law, and the draft Housing Element must be reviewed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This Housing Element will cover a period extending from adoption of the New General Plan (expected in fall, 2009) to June 30, 2014.

The Redwood City Draft Housing Element identifies the existing and projected need for housing in the community in terms of affordability, availability, adequacy, and accessibility. In the Goals and Policies section, the Element sets forth a strategy to address the City’s identified housing needs, including specific implementing programs and activities.

This is going to be a critical discussion as the Planning Commission and HHCC review and comment on the Draft Element. The community is invited and encouraged to attend, learn about the strategies contained in the Draft Element, participate in the discussion, and offer comments and suggestions. Planning Commission and HHCC members will then direct staff to integrate revisions into the Draft Element. The Draft will then be forwarded to the HCD for review and approval before being added to the New General Plan draft for later consideration by the City Council.

The General Plan is the document that establishes policies, goals, and programs for the long-term physical development of our community, and for what we want our City to be for future generations. The community is a crucial part of shaping that future, and this special joint study session is another opportunity to help create the plan that will guide our community’s progress for years to come. Visit the New General Plan website at

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Tom Passanisi
Senior Planner
(650) 780–7234


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