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Housing Element & General Plan Updates

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Summary / Introduction

Antioch’s General Plan is a long-term vision that guides growth and reflects community priorities and values. It is divided by topics (called “elements”) that include land use, circulation, housing, and environmental hazards. As community priorities change and in accordance with State law, the City must periodically update these elements. This year, Antioch is updating the Housing Element and Environmental Hazards Element and will be incorporating new Environmental Justice policies into the General Plan.

The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan and lays out a blueprint for how the City will meet its housing goals. At its core, a Housing Element is an opportunity for community members and policy makers to address local housing challenges and find solutions. It contains detailed information on local housing needs, existing resources and constraints, and an inventory of sites that are suitable for new housing. Under State law, each jurisdiction in California must update their Housing Element every eight years. The City is updating its Housing Element for the 2023-2031 cycle.

Under recent State law, the Environmental Hazards Element (referred to in State law as a “safety element”) must incorporate climate adaptation and resiliency strategies. Climate impacts include wildfire, flooding, and extreme heat, among others. As environmental trends change, the City must make sure that the Environmental Hazards Element contains accurate data, community input, and policies.

The City of Antioch is incorporating new policies into the General Plan that will seek to advance the principles of Environmental Justice (EJ) and achieve the following goals:

  • All community members receive the same degree of protection from environmental and health hazards.
  • There is equal access to the decision-making process to have a healthy environment in which to live, learn, and work.

HCD Comment Letter Available

The City has received a comment letter from the State Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for the initial review of the draft 6th Cycle 2023-2031 Housing Element. City staff and the project consultant are in the process of modifying the draft to address HCD’s comments.

Draft Housing Element Environmental Impact Report Available

The Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the 6th Cycle 2023-2031 Housing Element is available for public review. The City will accept comments on the adequacy of the document during a 45-day public comment period which starts on Friday September 2, 2022 and concludes on Monday October 17, 2022 at 5 pm. The Draft EIR may be certified at a future date in a public hearing following the conclusion of the public comment period.

Any comments should be in writing and submitted to the following address:

Anne Hersch, AICP, Planning Manager
Planning Division
City of Antioch
200 H. St, Antioch, CA 94509

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Draft Housing Element Available for Public Review

The first draft of the 6th Cycle 2023-2031 Antioch Housing Element is available for public review. The City welcomes public comments on the draft from the community and housing stakeholders. Interested parties are encouraged to provide comments on the draft Housing Element. The comment period for the public draft is May 16, 2022-June 15, 2022. Written comments may be submitted to Anne Hersch, Planning Manager, at or mailed to:

City of Antioch Community Development Department
Attn: Anne Hersch
P.O. Box 5007
Antioch, CA 94531-5007

Draft Chapters

  1. Intro
  2. Housing Needs
  3. Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing
  4. Constraints
  5. Resources
  6. Sites
  7. Goals, Policies, Programs
  8. Participation
  9. Housing Element with Appendices

Housing Element Survey
As part of the City’s Housing Element, the City has prepared an online survey that will help us design housing strategies that reflect local priorities, while still meeting State requirements. Links to the survey are included below.

Community Workshop # 1- February 17, 2022
The first Housing Element Community Workshop was held virtually on Thursday February 17, 2022 and provided background on the Update process as well as an opportunity for public comment and engagement. Links to the presentation and meeting recording are included below.

Community Workshop # 2- April 13, 2022
The second Housing Element Community Workshop was held virtually on Wednesday April 13, 2022 and provided background on the Update process, a summary from the first workshop on February 17, 2022, and an opportunity for public comment and engagement. Links to the presentation and meeting recording are included below.

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