Council Stalls On Housing Numbers

By Sondra Murphy

Water, environmental concerns and physical space were debated vs. expensive yet substandard structures that often serve as rentals in the city as the Ojai City Council examined options Tuesday to help move into compliance with affordable housing laws. City consultant Tom Figg introduced reports on a Draft Housing Element, recommending that the council choose one of four options to submit to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  The Housing Element is a required plan to accommodate new housing to be certified by the HCD and is based on the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) mandated by State Housing Law as part of the periodic process of updating local housing elements of the General Plan. The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. In May, council members said they were not ready to adopt a plan to accommodate 427 new housing units required by the

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