Following an extensive review by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Division of Housing Policy Development, the City of Menifee was notified that its 6th Cycle Adopted Housing Element is in compliance with State Housing Element Law. This important distinction will allow the City to continue community development and planning operations through October 2029. The element includes many policies and programs to be implemented over the next 8-year planning cycle, to be reported annually.
The housing element is a state-mandated policy document within the City of Menifee’s General Plan that is required to be updated every eight years. It provides direction for the implementation of various programs and policies to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all income levels within the Menifee community. The housing element helps to accommodate growth, identify opportunities for the development of housing, preserve existing housing stock, and assist the existing population.
“Securing state approval of the latest housing element update is a major achievement for the City and highlights the great work of our Community Development Department,” said City Manager Armando G. Villa. “Not only does state compliance ensure that we can continue to conduct crucial planning activities, but it also keeps the City eligible for important funding opportunities.”
Several federal, state, and regional funding programs consider housing element compliance as an eligibility or ranking standard. Programs and grants including the CalTrans Senate Bill (SB1) Sustainable Communities grant, the Strategic Growth Council and HCD’s Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities programs, and HCD’s Permanent Local Housing Allocation consider housing element compliance and/or annual reporting requirements. With a compliant housing element, the City continues to meet housing element requirements for these and other important funding sources.
The City of Menifee’s 6th Cycle Housing Element was adopted by City Council and secured HCD approval earlier this month. For more information and to view the document, please visit www.cityofmenifee.us/housingelement.