Pacific Grove to hold housing element update workshop – Monterey Herald


PACIFIC GROVE — Amid lofty state goals to expand housing over the next decade, the city of Pacific Grove is inviting residents to participate in a community workshop to discuss housing gaps and strategies for creating more.

The workshop, set for Monday from 6-8 p.m. at the Pacific Grove Community Center, will provide an update on the city’s housing element, a state-required blueprint for how a locality’s current and projected lodging needs can be satisfied. Housing elements are adjusted every eight years, as goals are realigned with present-day demands through a periodic process called the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, or RHNA.

Districts throughout the state are currently working through the latest housing element update. Local jurisdictions as part of the Association of Monterey Bay Area Governments will need to submit their revamped plans by December 2023. Though the process doesn’t obligate local governments to build or approve new housing, it does mandate that they demonstrate appropriate zoning, development regulations and policies to support homebuilding goals.

In Pacific Grove, expectations are ambitious. Per the Regional Needs Allocation for 2023 to 2031, the city has been tasked with planning for a 14% jump in housing, an addition of 1,125 units that will necessitate not only rezoning but also changes to a general plan not touched since 1994.

“When I first saw (the allocation), like everyone, I thought it was a lot of units to plan for,” said Anastacia Wyatt, Pacific Grove community development director. “I think we can feasibly plan for it, and we will do our best.”

Wyatt said that with the scope and scale of rezoning that will be necessary to achieve a certified housing element, community engagement and input is particularly important. Hearing what residents need, she continued, will allow the city to reconcile citizen concerns and wants with whatever zoning and general plan changes are to come. Doing so will also help the city take an equitable approach to future homebuilding.

“I think equity is really critical. … This is an opportunity to look at our community and think about what we want for the future,” said Wyatt.

Pacific Grove Councilwoman Jenny McAdams reiterated Wyatt’s optimism under a new housing element, even if she doesn’t think the city will actually see the 14% increase in units by 2031.

“Do I think Pacific Grove will really build all (1,125 units)? No, but we’re putting a policy in place that is supportive of additional housing,” said Adams. “Our staff’s job is to show that the city in good faith is implementing policing, zoning or incentives to encourage the creation of housing.”

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