General Plan2022-01-19T01:29:39+00:00

The City of Lomita General Plan provides the policy framework to guide the City. The General Plan serves as the guide for long range planning of physical development within the community. Individual sections of the general plan can be viewed by clicking the links below.

The last comprehensive update to the City’s general plan took place in 1998. The Housing Element is the only element that has a statutory requirement to be updated periodically.

Individual Sections of the Lomita General Plan

Quick Links

Annual Progress Report on the General Plan 2020
General Plan Map

Housing Element

The City of Lomita has Released the Final Draft 2021 – 2029 Housing Element Update

Click here to review the Final Draft 2021 – 2029 Housing Element!

We invite your input on the Final Draft Housing Element. These Policies and Actions will guide the City’s decision-making process on a wide variety of activities, programs and priorities related to housing in the City.

On June 30th, 2021, a City Council and Planning Commission Joint Study Session was conducted, where staff was directed to submit the draft Housing Element to the State. The draft Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review on July 16, 2021. After completing their review of the draft, HCD sent a letter on September 14, 2021 outlining their required changes and additional information needed in order to receive certification. The comments from HCD’s letter have been addressed in the final draft Housing Element. See Resources to view the response letter from HCD and the redline version of the final draft Housing Element.

Public Hearing Schedule

Planning Commission

Monday, November 8, 2021 Monday, November 15, 2021
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element Update
Watch Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element and Safety Element Updates
Watch Meeting

City Council

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Tuesday, December 21, 2021
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element Update
Watch Meeting (starting at 1:01:06)
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element and Safety Element Updates
Watch Meeting (starting at 1:22:55)

Environmental Review of Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element

The City of Lomita is circulating an Initial Study and proposed Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review and comment period for responsible agencies, interested organizations and members of the public. This comment period begins on August 14, 2021 and will end on September 14, 2021. Please provide written comments by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 by mail to the City of Lomita Housing Element Update, Attn: Sheri Repp Loadsman, 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA 90717 or by email at s.repp@lomitacity.com

Timeline

Phase 1

Work with regional agency (SCAG) to determine local housing responsibilities

Initiate public outreach

Phase 2

Evaluate existing conditions

Review existing plans and programs

Virtual Workshop

Phase 3

Prepare draft Housing Element Update

Phase 4

Public hearings of Planning Commission and City Council

Phase 5

State Review and Certification

Housing Element Information

The Housing Element is an element of the General Plan that serves as the City’s housing plan. The City is currently updating its Housing Element for the next eight-year planning period (2021-2029), as required by state law. The Housing Element must assess the housing needs of our City and adequately plan to meet the City’s projected housing needs through a strategic vision and policy guide, as well as an assessment of the City’s land. The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure that decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing opportunities are available for all current and future residents of the City, including those with special needs.

To address the existing and projected future housing needs of the City of Lomita, the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update will:

• Analyze demographics, economics & housing supply
• Analyze housing constraints and resources
• Evaluate sites and appropriate for potential housing
• Develop goals, objectives, policies, & programs

Why update the Housing Element?

California State law requires that the City update the Housing Element every eight years, because housing is
critical to ensure economic prosperity and quality of life in our region. State law requires the adoption of the
updated Housing Element by October 2021 but provides a 120-day grace period to comply. Non-compliance with State Housing Element law could result in fines and loss of sources of funding provided by the State.

What is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)?

RHNA is known as the housing unit target, as it quantifies the need for housing and informs the planning process to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from changes in population, employment, and household characteristics.

The housing target for the region is set by the California Department of Housing and Community Development, and the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) assigns that the City is required to plan for. The RHNA, or housing target, is broken down by income category, ensuring that all economic groups are accommodated. This year, the regional allocation was significantly higher than it has been in past years and will require the City of Lomita to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity needed to ensure there are adequate opportunities for housing.

For the 2021-2029 planning cycle, the City’s target share is as follows:
Income Category …………………………………. Target
Very-Low ……………………………………………. 239 units
Low ……………………………………………………. 124 units
Moderate ……………………………………………. 128 units
Above-Moderate ………………………………….. 338 units
Total …………………………………………………… 829 units

How to participate?

The success of the Housing Element update requires community input and engagement. There will be multiple
opportunities to participate throughout the process, including virtual public meetings, workshops, and surveys.

If you have any questions, please email Sheri Repp Loadsman at s.repp@lomitacity.com, or call (310) 325-7110 x 103. To sign up to be notified of online public meetings, workshops, and surveys, click here.

Sheri Repp Loadsman

Planner

s.repp@lomitacity.com

(310) 325-7110 ext. 103

24300 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, CA 90717

FAQs

How can I stay informed?2021-11-02T09:46:49+00:00

Please use this form to provide comments and sign up for emails.

How are the Safety and Housing Elements related to other planning documents?2021-11-02T09:46:04+00:00

The Safety Element (click here) and Housing Element must remain consistent with other elements of the General Plan and any other relevant planning documents. Both elements are required by State law and must address topics as outlined in the legislation. A consistency analysis is a required component of the planning process that will ensure all elements of the General Plan are consistent.

What is a Safety Element?2021-11-02T09:45:40+00:00

A Safety Element outlines how the city minimizes, prepares for, responds to, and recovers from hazard events (such as extreme heat, earthquakes, and wildfire). This includes identifying safe places to build, populations that may need extra help responding to hazards, and how to ensure residents are prepared for hazards.

What is the Adequate Sites Inventory?2021-11-02T09:45:17+00:00

The Adequate Sites Inventory is an assessment of the housing capacity of land within the City, which must demonstrate that the RHNA target of 827 units can reasonably be achieved within the eight-year planning period. If it is found that the RHNA target cannot be achieved under the current General Plan and zoning, the City will be responsible for committing to a program to rezone identified sites to accommodate the needed capacity.

What is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?2021-11-02T09:44:52+00:00

RHNA quantifies the need for housing and informs land use planning to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from population and household growth. The City of Lomita’s RHNA target for the 2021-2029 planning cycle is 827 units.

What is the Housing Element?2021-11-02T09:44:29+00:00

The Housing Element is a strategic vision and policy guide designed to help address the comprehensive housing needs of the City over an eight-year period. It identifies the City’s housing needs, identifies the barriers or constraints to providing needed housing, and provides goals and policies to address these housing needs and constraints.

Safety Element

The City is updating the Safety Element of the General Plan to meet new State requirements.

Click here to read the Final Draft Safety Element

We invite your input on the Draft Safety Element. The Safety Element describes potential hazards that exist in Lomita and the measures that the City is taking to address them. Some naturally occurring hazards may be unavoidable, but their impacts on communities can be reduced through planning and preparation. Public hearings with the Planning Commission and the City Council will be in the fall of 2021 and will be further noticed.

Public Hearing Schedule

Planning Commission

Monday, November 8, 2021 Monday, November 15, 2021
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element Update
Watch Meeting
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element and Safety Element Updates
Watch Meeting

City Council

Tuesday, December 7, 2021 Tuesday, December 21, 2021
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element Update
Watch Meeting (starting at 1:01:06)
6:00 p.m.
Housing Element and Safety Element Updates
Watch Meeting (starting at 1:22:55)

Environmental Review of Draft Safety Element

The City of Lomita is circulating an Initial Study and proposed Negative Declaration for a 30-day public review and comment period for responsible agencies, interested organizations and members of the public. This comment period begins on August 14, 2021 and will end on September 14, 2021. Please provide written comments by 5:00 PM on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 by mail to the City of Lomita Housing Element Update, Attn: Sheri Repp Loadsman, 24300 Narbonne Avenue, Lomita CA 90717 or by email at s.repp@lomitacity.com

Safety Element Information

The Safety Element establishes policies related to future development that will minimize the risk of personal injury, loss of life, property damage, and environmental damage associated with natural and human-caused hazards.

The Safety Element addresses the following hazards, including:

  • Air pollution
  • Extreme Heat
  • Flooding
  • Wildfire
  • Earthquakes
  • Landslides
  • Hazardous Materials

Due to recently adopted State law (Senate Bill 1035), cities and counties must update the Safety Element at the time of the Housing Element update.

Safety elements must address how the City minimizes, prepares for, responds to, and recovers from hazards.

LINA HERNANDEZ | City of Lomita | Management Analyst
24300 Narbonne Avenue | Lomita, CA 90717
Tel: (310) 325-7110 x 151 | Fax: (310) 325-4024
Email: lina.hernandez@lomitacity.com

FAQs

How can I stay informed?2021-11-02T09:46:49+00:00

Please use this form to provide comments and sign up for emails.

How are the Safety and Housing Elements related to other planning documents?2021-11-02T09:46:04+00:00

The Safety Element (click here) and Housing Element must remain consistent with other elements of the General Plan and any other relevant planning documents. Both elements are required by State law and must address topics as outlined in the legislation. A consistency analysis is a required component of the planning process that will ensure all elements of the General Plan are consistent.

What is a Safety Element?2021-11-02T09:45:40+00:00

A Safety Element outlines how the city minimizes, prepares for, responds to, and recovers from hazard events (such as extreme heat, earthquakes, and wildfire). This includes identifying safe places to build, populations that may need extra help responding to hazards, and how to ensure residents are prepared for hazards.

What is the Adequate Sites Inventory?2021-11-02T09:45:17+00:00

The Adequate Sites Inventory is an assessment of the housing capacity of land within the City, which must demonstrate that the RHNA target of 827 units can reasonably be achieved within the eight-year planning period. If it is found that the RHNA target cannot be achieved under the current General Plan and zoning, the City will be responsible for committing to a program to rezone identified sites to accommodate the needed capacity.

What is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?2021-11-02T09:44:52+00:00

RHNA quantifies the need for housing and informs land use planning to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from population and household growth. The City of Lomita’s RHNA target for the 2021-2029 planning cycle is 827 units.

What is the Housing Element?2021-11-02T09:44:29+00:00

The Housing Element is a strategic vision and policy guide designed to help address the comprehensive housing needs of the City over an eight-year period. It identifies the City’s housing needs, identifies the barriers or constraints to providing needed housing, and provides goals and policies to address these housing needs and constraints.

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