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Updates to include the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update, Update to the Safety Element, and new requirement to incorporate goals, policies, and objectives for environmental justice.

Update to the Burbank2035 General Plan:

Housing Element

Burbank2035 is the City of Burbank's General Plan, a long-term "blueprint" required by all cities and counties in California to help guide future growth. The Housing Element is one of the state-mandated elements of the General PlanAs required by State law, the City of Burbank will soon be launching the 2021-2029 Update to the Housing Element of the General Plan. Please stay tuned as the update process moves forward. A Project webpage will be posted here that will include an overview, Housing Element survey, background information and resources, ways to get involved, and Project announcements including dates for online community workshops, public meetings, and draft documents as they become available. 

What is a Housing Element?

The Housing Element of the General Plan is a State-mandated policy document that identifies the City's existing and future housing needs and establishes clear goals, policies, and programs that address:

  • Conserving and improving existing housing
  • Providing sites for a variety of housing types
  • Assisting in the provision of affordable housing
  • Addressing constraints to housing development
  • Promoting equal housing opportunities

The current Housing Element was adopted in 2014 and is in effect through October 2021. This planning period is the 5th Cycle. State law requires that the Housing Element be updated every 8 years and must be certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The Housing Element Update for the 6th Cycle will cover the 8-year planning period from 2021-2029.

Additional Resources

Existing (5th Cycle) Housing Element 

California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) - information on Housing Elements

Housing Element Annual Progress Reports (APR)Each year, the City reports on the status and progress in implementing the Burbank Housing Element. The report is submitted to HCD. On June 9, 2020, Planning Division staff presented both the 2019 General Plan and Housing Element Annual Progress Reports to the Burbank City Council. A video of the presentation is available through the linked image below, and provides an overview of the purpose of the reports and the City's status and progress. 

YouTube video Planning

Update to the Burbank2035 General Plan:

Safety Element & Environmental Justice (SB

1000)

In accordance with State law, the Housing Element Update will require updates to other Elements of the General Plan. The biggest updates will be updates to the Safety Element and the addition of goals, policies, and objectives to address environmental justice in the City pursuant to SB 1000 ("Environmental Justice in Land Use Planning").

Safety Element

The goal of the Safety Element is to reduce the potential short and long-term risk of death, injuries, property damage, and economic and social dislocation resulting from fires, floods, droughts, earthquakes, landslides, climate change, and other hazards. Policies in a safety element identify hazards and emergency response priorities, as well as mitigation through avoidance of hazards by new projects and reduction of risk in developed areas. California Senate Bill 379 requires all cities and counties to update their Safety Elements to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies. 

Environmental Justice in Land Use Planning

"Environmental justice" is defined in California law as the fair treatment of people of all races, cultures, and incomes with respect to the development, adoption, implementation, and enforcement of environmental laws, regulations, and policies. As required by Senate Bill 1000, environmental justice will be addressed throughout the General Plan as part of the City's update process. Environmental Justice goals and policies will be developed by identifying disadvantaged communities and demographics in Burbank, as required by State law. The City will be conducting community outreach to better understand the unique and disproportionate challenges faced by these communities, and this will guide the City’s efforts to address issues related to public health, social equity and environmental justice. 

Additional Resources

Burbank2035 General Plan, including Safety Element (see Chapter 7)

State of California Department of Justice - overview of SB 1000

For More Information

For more information, questions, or to get on the contact list, please contact Lisa Frank, Senior Planner by email at LFrank@burbankca.gov.

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