Duarte's 2021-2029 Housing Element Approved

Duarte’s 2021-2029 Housing Element was adopted by the City Council and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This is a tremendous victory for the City of Duarte as it is one of the first two cities in the San Gabriel Valley to have their Housing Element approved. 

“I am proud of our team for their dedication in ensuring that the adopted Housing Element accurately reflects the housing needs of our community,” stated Mayor Margaret Finlay. “Accessibility and affordability of housing for the people of Duarte continues to be of utmost priority.”

The Housing Element covers the planning period from October 2021 through October 2029. A key component of the update is to ensure the City can accommodate the estimated housing growth needs identified in the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAGs) Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization representing six counties, 191 cities, and over 19 million residents. The organization undertakes audits of plans and policies to ensure sustainability and equity is at the forefront of city planning. 

The process of rigorous case studies, consulting and revisions to the Housing Element was spearheaded by Director of Community Development Craig Hensley, Associate Planner Maia McCurley, and consultant Karen Warner with Karen Warner Associates, Inc. Thanks to their combined efforts, Duarte’s Housing Element is one of 11 cities in the SCAG region who qualified for State certification. 

“The City of Duarte is proud to announce the adoption of the Housing Element which was drafted based on our community’s needs,” Director of Community Development Craig Hensley. “This plan provides the framework  to accommodate the growth of our City while protecting residents’ needs of all income levels.” 

The Housing Element describes and analyzes the City’s needs, goals, policies, and programs to act as a housing guide in terms of affordability, availability, adequacy, and accessibility. This section of the City’s General Plan must identify Duarte’s existing and future housing needs every eight years to establish clear goals of future housing decisions.

Public participation was essential in the development of the adopted Housing Element. In order to draft an accurate analysis of a community's current housing needs for all income levels, and strategies to provide for those housing needs, Duarte solicited public participation through community FlashVote surveys, Community Workshops and City Council meetings. 

According the the Housing Element moving forward, the City must continue timely and effective implementation of all programs including, but not limited to the following:

  • Zoning Text Amendments for Special Needs Housing: This program commits to amend the Development Code to facilitate housing for Duarte’s special needs populations by 2022.

  • Fair Housing Programs: This program commits several actions to increase fair housing outreach, provide infrastructure and public improvements, and protect residents from displacement.

  • Affordable Housing Development Assistance: This program commits the City to regulatory incentives, financial assistance, and information for the development of housing affordable to lower-income individuals.

For more information on the Housing Element and the City’s General Plan, please visit the City’s website.