General Plan2022-08-09T00:08:31+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 2021
General Plan Map

Housing Element

Housing Element Revised

On December 21, 2021, the City Council adopted the Housing Element for the next eight-year planning period (2021-2029), as required by state law. On January 11, 2022, the adopted Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for a mandatory 60-day review. On March 11, 2022, the City received a letter from HCD with comments and has since revised the Housing Element to be responsive.  See Resources to view the  HCD comment letter and the Housing Element project timeline.

Click here to review the Revised Final Housing Element (August 2022) with tracked changes in response to the HCD Comment Letter.

The City greatly appreciates the community’s continued participation and engagement in this challenging and unprecedented update process. As Lomita is required to plan for a significant increase in housing and population, there is a strong commitment to promote new in-fill developments that support community-serving businesses and a variety of housing types. The City’s Housing Element acknowledges the need for policies and programs that provide for the growth of the community with purpose.

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.

Housing Documents

Project Documents

Meetings/Workshops

Sheri Repp Loadsman

Planner

s.repp@lomitacity.com

(310) 325-7110 ext. 122

24300 Narbonne Avenue
Lomita, CA 90717

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