The Community Development Department of the City of San Fernando is requesting proposals for professional planning services from qualified consultants to prepare an update to the Housing Element of the city’s General Plan for the planning period of January 1, 2014 to October 1, 2021. The selected consultant will review and update the city’s existing Housing Element to reflect current housing conditions, city policies and objectives, and current state law. In addition, the updated Housing Element shall include programs and policies designed to meet the city’s required housing allocation under the Regional Housing Needs Assessment.
Consistent with state requirements, the city is seeking to update the Housing Element for the planning period of January 1, 2014 to October 1, 2021, in time to submit to the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by October 15, 2013. This Housing Element update is intended to assess and define the community’s housing-related goals and objectives to reflect current housing conditions, recent changes in state law and changes resulting from the dissolution the city’s Redevelopment Agency through the passage of AB 1x 26. In addition, the updated Housing Element shall include programs and policies designed to meet the city’s required housing allocation under the Regional Housing Need Assessment (RHNA). The city’s anticipated RHNA allocation for the planning period of 2014 to 2021 is 217 dwelling units.
The city’s current Housing Element was adopted on April 6, 2009 and certified by HCD for the planning period of 2008 to 2014 (Attachment 2). During the current planning period, the city has worked diligently with non-profit and private developers to increase the supply of affordable housing and market rate units in the community. To date, the city has facilitated the approval of approximately 230 new dwelling units through the use of density bonuses and rezoning of underutilized land. Of these units, approximately 209 units would be available for rental to low and very low income qualified households.
ABOUT THE CITY OF SAN FERNANDO
Having recently celebrated its 100th Anniversary, the City of San Fernando is an independent General Law city incorporated on August 31, 1911 with a population of 23,645 at the 2010 Census. San Fernando is a compact community of 2.4 square miles located in the Northeast San Fernando Valley, at the southern foot of the San Gabriel Mountains. The city is completely bordered by the City of Los Angeles, neighboring the communities of Sylmar, Mission Hills, and Pacoima. Regional access to San Fernando is provided by three local freeways: Interstate 210 (I-210) to the northeast, Interstate 5 (I-5) to the southwest and State Route 118 (SR 118) to the southeast.
San Fernando is predominately a single-family community, with about two-thirds of the city’s housing stock of over 6,000 units consisting of single-family homes. The majority of the city is built out, with few vacant properties remaining for infill development. However, with the adoption of the San Fernando Corridors Specific Plan in January 2005, the city has established a well defined plan for the revitalization of San Fernando’s three primary corridors by providing significant opportunities for focused commercial activity, new higher density residential development, and mixed-use type development. The city’s three primary corridors consist of North Maclay Avenue, Truman Street, and San Fernando Road.