Housing Element Update

Agency: City of West Sacramento
State: California
Type of Government: State & Local
Posted Date: Jan 21, 2020
Due Date: Jan 28, 2020
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Housing Element Update
  • Department: Economic Development & Housing
  • Category: Request For Proposal
  • Start Date: 01/07/2020 9:00 AM
  • Close Date: 01/28/2020 5:00 PM

The City of West Sacramento is requesting proposals from firms or individuals to prepare an update to the City's Housing Element for the 2021-2029 planning period. The City invites qualified consultants with experience in the preparation of Housing Elements to develop a clear, concise, and legally defensible Housing Element that meets the varied needs of the community.

RFP for Housing Element Update elijaho@cityofwestsacramento.org January 28, 2020 at 5 p.m.

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2020 RFP For Housing Element Update
The City of West Sacramento, hereinafter referred to as the “City”, is requesting
proposals (RFP) from firms or individuals, hereinafter referred to as
“Consultant”, to provide consulting services to the City. The City is preparing to
update its current Housing Element for the 2021-2029 planning period, as
mandated by State Law. The City is requesting proposals from qualified
consultants with experience in the preparation of Housing Elements, to achieve
certification by the State Department of Housing and Community Development
(HCD) no later than May 31, 2021, for developing a clear, concise, and legally
defensible Housing Element that meets the varied needs of the community.
The current West Sacramento Housing Element was certified by HCD in 2013
and shall serve as a foundation for updating the Housing Element. The
consultant (or firm) selected shall evaluate: 1) the effectiveness of the housing
programs, goals, policies; 2) the production of housing units at all income
categories; 3) identification of housing characteristics; 4) update of the
Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA); 5) analysis of special housing
needs; 6) the identification of new State Housing Law and programs; 7)
compliance with recently adopted legislation related to housing; 8) and the
review of current General Plan policies to determine compliance with newly
adopted legislation.
In addition to the Housing Element update, the City wants to address SB 379,
which requires all cities to include climate adaptation and resiliency strategies
in the Safety Element of the General Plan in conjunction with the next Housing
Element update. The City also wants to address SB 1000, which requires the
addition of an Environmental Justice element to the General Plan upon the
addition or revision of two or more General Plan elements concurrently.
RFP Issued: January 7, 2020
RFP Deadline: By 5 p.m., January 28, 2020
Submit To:
Elijah Ortega, Community Investment Specialist
City of West Sacramento
Economic Development and Housing
1110 West Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor
West Sacramento, CA 95691
(916) 617-4555 | elijaho@cityofwestsacramento.org
2020 RFP For Housing Element Update
The City of West Sacramento is a vibrant, riverfront community centrally
located in Northern California. It is recognized as an innovation leader in the
region and a growing center of commerce, recreation, and entertainment. The
City is comprised of approximately 53,000 citizens, and the Washington Unified
School District provides 9 schools for approximately 7,900 students at the
kindergarten through 12th grade levels. The City of West Sacramento prides
itself on its regional recognition in being a healthy, sustainable, and desirable
community to live and work in.
The consultant shall assist staff with the Regional Housing Needs Assessment
(RHNA) and Housing Element Update, pursuant to the State of California
Government Code Section 65580-65589.8, and shall accomplish the following
A. Project Schedule
1. Develop a timeline schedule with milestones for the review and the
certification of the Housing Element by the State Department of
Housing and Community Development (HCD) by May 31, 2021. The
project schedule shall include a detailed explanation of all stages of
the project, including, at a minimum:
a. Kick off meeting with staff to refine the scope of services;
b. Identification of major milestones, meetings, and work
c. Public outreach, commission and council meetings, and
d. Delivery of analysis and findings during assessment and
development of the RHNA and Housing Element Update;
e. Response to HCD review and City staff review times;
f. Delivery of draft and final draft Housing Element,
Environmental Justice Element, and revisions to the Safety
Element; and
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g. Public hearings (Planning Commission and City Council).
B. Existing Conditions and Needs
1. Review the City’s current Housing Element, General Plan and other
supporting materials as needed to gain insight and understanding of
West Sacramento’s housing progress and priorities;
2. Evaluate results from previous housing programs and policies
implemented, and their effectiveness;
3. Assess the feasibility of the City to use HCD’s new streamlines
update process, according to HCD’s Housing Element Update
Guidance document.
C. Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)
1. Review the City’s vacant land inventory; and
2. Review and assist with RHNA.
D. Assessment of Housing Needs
1. Prepare an updated assessment of housing needs in West
Sacramento, and an inventory of resources and constraints relative
to meeting those needs; and
2. Incorporate the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)
figures as provided by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments
(SACOG), and current demographic data from the 2010 Census.
E. Preparation of Draft Housing Element
A Draft Housing Element shall be prepared in compliance with all applicable
state and federal laws, including all tables, maps, etc., and shall include the
1. Updated housing, population, demographic, and employment data to
coincide with recent Sacramento Area Council of Governments
growth projections and 2010 Census;
2020 RFP For Housing Element Update
2. Assessment of the housing market conditions and immediate needs
within the City, including special housing needs;
3. Identification of actual and potential constraints on the maintenance,
improvement, and development of housing for all income levels;
4. Analysis of housing opportunities, along with an inventory of
sustainable sites and the City’s capacity to meet regional housing
goals; and
5. A Housing Element (2021-2029) implementation program including
quantifiable objectives and programs to address housing needs for
all income levels, the elderly, veterans, and population with
disabilities, special needs, or experiencing homelessness.
F. General Plan Amendment (if applicable)
1. Identify sections of the City’s General Plan Land Use Element that
may need to be amended to be in compliance with State law,
including all tables, maps, etc., consistent with the 2021-2029
Housing Element.
2. Preparation of a new Environmental Justice Element to meet
consistency with SB 1000.
3. Revisions to the Safety Element to include climate adaptation and
resiliency strategies required by SB 379.
G. Environmental Documents
1. Prepare, post, and file all the appropriate environmental documents
for compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act
(CEQA), including the Initial Study, Notice of Intent to Adopt a
(Mitigated) Negative Declaration or other CEQA determinations as
applicable, Response to Comments, Mitigation Measures, Mitigation
Monitoring Program, and Notice of Completion to be filed with the
Yolo County Clerk. In addition, the consultant will be responsible for
preparing all notices and mailings for SB 18 and AB 52.

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