Housing Element Update

2021-2029 Indio Housing Element Update

City of Indio Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element

Public Notice of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration - Draft Initial Study 

Draft Housing Element Available for Public Review

With the input gathered from a wide-range of stakeholders, the City of Indio is pleased to announce the release of the Public Review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element. Upon adoption, this plan will be used to guide future housing-related planning decisions through a series of implementation steps designed to meet the identified goals, objectives, and policies. The Public Review Draft Housing Element and all associated Appendices can be viewed at the project website:   www.indio.org/your_government/development_services/housing_element_update.htm

The public is encouraged to review the Draft Housing Element and provide public comments on the document. Comments on the Housing Element can be submitted until 5:00 p.m. on Monday, September 20, 2021 via one of the following ways:

  • Email comments to   HousingUpdate@indio.org
  •  Email comments to Kevin Snyder, Director of Community Development for the City of Indio by email at ksnyder@indio.org
  • Mail comments to City of Indio Housing Element Update, Attn: Kevin Snyder, 100 Civic Center Drive, Indio, CA 92201

Following the City Council adoption of the final version of the 6th Cycle Housing Element – currently expected to occur in early February 2022 – the City and Dudek, its consultant, will begin pro-housing assessment work. This work will further evaluate current housing policies and focus on financial strategies to facilitate the planning, approval, and construction of housing. In addition, the City plans to pursue a pro-housing designation from the State Housing and Community Development Department that will help it be more competitive when applying for future housing related grants.

Virtual Community Meetings: 

Please click on the links below to view all three virtual community meetings for the City of Indio Housing Element Update.

Video Recording of February 18, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 1

Video Recording of April 22, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 2

Video Recording of July 8, 2021 Virtual Community Meeting No. 3


What is the Project?

 State law requires the City of Indio to update its Housing Element every eight years. With the previous eight year cycle Housing Element (2013 - 2021) coming to an end, the City must now plan for the next eight year cycle. Indio’s 6th Cycle Housing Element must be adopted and certified by October 2021. Without certification, the City could be penalized and lose important State funding.

The State sets the total number of units that each region in California must build. The Southern California region has to plan for over 1.3 million units. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the regional planning agency that identifies and assigns the number of housing units each local government must plan for. In Indio’s case, SCAG has identified that the city must plan for the production of 7,812 housing units in the City between 2021 and 2029. 2,963 or 38% of the housing units must be affordable. More specifically, the City’s new Housing Element must plan for 1,793 affordable housing units for very-low income households for those earning less than 50% of the regional average median income and 1,170 affordable housing units for those earning between 50% and 80% of the regional average median income.

In addition to the update of the City’s Housing Element, the City will also explore the potential adoption of pro-housing policies and strategies. This effort will occur after the City Council’s adoption of the updated Housing Element. The California Department of Housing and Community Development will designate local governments as pro-housing if they adopt policies and strategies to accelerate housing production in their communities. Designated pro-housing jurisdictions will be awarded additional points or preference in programs such as the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities (AHSC), Transformative Climate Communities (TCC), Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) programs and other state funding programs.

 How is the Project Being Funded?

 The City applied for and received a $300,000 Local Early Action Planning (LEAP) Grant for the project. The City executed its agreement with the California Department of Housing and Community Development for use of the grant monies on December 29, 2020.

Who is Managing the Project?

 The Indio Community Development Department is managing the project. In August 2020, the City Council approved a contract with Dudek to provide professional consulting services to the City to assist in the Housing Element Update and the development of potential pro-housing strategies.  

What is the Housing Element?

 The Housing Element is a required element of the General Plan and is the City’s strategic plan for providing new housing opportunities while preserving housing for existing residents. Every eight years, the State requires each local jurisdiction to plan for a certain allocation of housing units. The City’s Housing Element will serve as the City’s housing plan for 2021-2029, setting clear goals and objectives on meeting the housing needs of all segments of the population and preventing the displacement of existing residents. The Housing Element does not build new units, but rather provides a plan of action for producing housing of all types and income levels in the City. The components of the Housing Element are largely dictated by the State and typically must include:

  • A detailed analysis of the City’s demographic, economic, and housing characteristics;
  • A comprehensive analysis of the barriers to producing and preserving housing;
  • A review of the City’s progress in implementing current housing policies and programs;
  • An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan; and
  • A list of sites (aka the Suitable Sites Inventory) that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet the quantified housing number established in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site. If there are insufficient sites and capacity to meet the RHNA allocation, then the Housing Element is required to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity.

Project Resources

January 20, 2021 - Joint City Council & Planning Commission Meeting: Housing Element Update Presentation

November 4, 2020 Council Agenda Packet for Dudek Professional Services Agreement

Indio 5th Cycle Housing Element (2014-2021)

Share Your Thoughts and Ideas

 Do you have thoughts and ideas for the Housing Element Update that you would like to share? If so, you can either email HousingUpdate@indio.org with them or call 760-391-4061 and leave a voice mail message.

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