"The City did adopt its housing ...
"The City did adopt its housing element in December 2009," says Niroop Srivatsa, Planning and Building Services Manager for Lafayette.
"We submitted it to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and received comments which we are addressing through proposed changes to the housing element.
When the State approves those changes, I will take the amended element to the Council for approval and adoption."
It's important to note that the City of Lafayette is not required to develop low income housing, but rather to not have barriers to development through zoning and show that there is sufficient land in place to allow low income housing units.
HCD's review letter asked for more narrative on how the City developed its inventory of sites, including the status and redevelopment potential of each site.
"We are providing HCD with this information," says Srivatsa.
"The City and the Redevelopment Agency are working very hard on compliance."
When the most recent Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) numbers for Lafayette were determined, the city complained about the clumsy methodology used to come up with what they felt were unrealistic Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) numbers.
A handful of jurisdictions appealed their RHNA allocations.
ABAG, a regional planning agency for the nine Bay Area counties, plans for a number of regional issues like transportation, air quality, earthquakes, and in this case, anticipated growth in the Bay Area, mandating that each municipality house their fair share of the total.
Back in 2003 Lafayette's goal was 194 units that would specifically serve very low, low, moderate and above moderate income families.
For the current planning period 2007 - 2014 Lafayette is required to accommodate 361 very low, low, moderate and above moderate housing units.
Srivatsa addresses the reasoning behind pursuing locations in the downtown core, "It has been, and continues to be, the City's policy to focus housing, especially multifamily of all kinds, in the Downtown to preserve our hillsides, environmentally sensitive areas and the outlying areas' semi-rural character.