Public Hearing Notice and Environmental Determination: Housing Element 6th Cycle (2021-2029)

Posted on September 27, 2022


DATE: Monday, October 10, 2022

TIME: 6:00 P.M. (or as soon thereafter as the matter may be heard)

LOCATION: 11999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240


NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Planning Commission of the City of Desert Hot Springs will conduct a Special Meeting to hold a Public Hearing to consider that the Planning Commission make a recommendation to the City Council to: 1) Find the City’s previous determination that the Project (the Housing Element for the 6th Cycle) is Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act stands because the amendments will not change the reasons for the Exemption; 2) Adopt the amendments to the Housing Element for the 6th Cycle (2021-2029), and 3) Direct Staff to provide the Amended Housing Element for the 6th Cycle to the Department of Housing and Community Development (“HCD”) for Its 90-day Review.

CASE(S): 1) Find the City’s previous determination that the Project (the Housing Element for the 6th Cycle) is Exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act stands because the amendments will not change the reasons for the Exemption; 2) Adopt the amendments to the Housing Element for the 6th Cycle (2021-2029), and 3) Direct Staff to provide the Amended Housing Element for the 6th Cycle to the Department of Housing and Community Development (“HCD”) for Its 90-day Review.

LOCATION: Citywide

APPLICANT/REPRESENTATIVE: City initiated.

PROPOSAL: State law requires cities to update their General Plan Housing Element. The proposed Housing Element for the 6th Cycle (2021-2029) (“Housing Element”) is part of the City’s General Plan and provides a plan for addressing housing needs over the next eight years. The City Council adopted the Housing Element for the 6th Cycle on November 2, 2021. The Housing Element has been amended to meet the State of California’s legal requirements, including the need to plan for the City’s share of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), based on comments received by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

ENVIRONMENTAL DETERMINATION: The Project is exempt from the CEQA Guidelines 14 Cal. Code. Regs Section 15061(b)(3) because it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the Project may have a significant effect on the environment as set forth in Section 21080.17 of the Public Resources Code.” The Project is further exempt pursuant to 14 Cal. Code. Regs Section 15162(a) of the CEQA Guidelines. Further, to the extent the Regional Housing Needs determinations are made, the Project is further exempt from the CEQA guidelines14 Cal. Code. Regs Section 15283, which provides, “CEQA does not apply to regional housing needs determinations made by the Department of Housing and Community Development, a council of governments, or a city or county pursuant to Section 65584 of the Government Code. Conditions have not changed, and the amendments proposed do not change the City’s determination. The Project remains exempt as described.”

The draft Housing Element is available for review on the City’s website at: https://www.cityofdhs.org/documents/draft-2021-2029-housing-element/ and at City Hall located at 11999 Palm Drive in the City of Desert Hot Springs.

INTERESTED PERSONS MAY be heard or written comments may be submitted prior to the Public Hearing(s). Written comments will be made a part of the public record. If you challenge this matter in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Desert Hot Springs, at or prior to, the public hearing.

All information regarding the proposed project is available for public review by appointment at the City of Desert Hot Springs City Hall, 11999 Palm Drive Desert Hot Springs CA 92240, during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM).

QUESTIONS AND INQUIRIES regarding this matter or to review information for the above-described project:

Erick Becerril, Community Development Director
11999 Palm Drive, Desert Hot Springs, CA 92240
(760) 329-6411 Ext. 240
ebecerril@cityofdhs.org


Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA): In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the City Clerk’s Office at (760) 329-6411 or via email at jsoriano@cityofdhs.org. Notification at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled meeting(s) will enable the City to make reasonable accommodations to ensure accessibility.

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