Housing Element Update

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The City of Dixon is embarking on a update of its Housing Element, one of the nine mandated elements of a City’s General Plan. Sign up here to receive updates on the process and hear about opportunities to participate.
The Planning Commission and City Council received an introduction to the Housing Element update at their March 8 and March 15, 2022 meetings. See information below for additional upcoming meetings.
The regional assessments of Housing Needs and Fair Housing are underway. See below for past and upcoming workshops


What is a Housing Element?

A Housing Element is one of nine, State mandated elements of a General Plan and is required to be updated more frequently than a General Plan.  A Housing Element provides an analysis of a community’s housing needs for all income levels and strategies to provide for those housing needs. 

Just like with a General Plan, the Housing Element includes goals, policies, programs and objectives to guide future housing growth to meet the needs of residents of all income levels in a City. It also identifies projected housing needs by income category and requires certification by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for compliance with state housing laws. 

Why Update the Housing Element?

Housing Elements are required to be updated at least every eight years, in accordance with a statewide update cycle. The City currently has a certified Housing Element for 2015-2023. As the end of the 8 year cycle nears, the City has embarked on an update to prepare an Element for the next Housing Element cycle.  This next update is to cover 2023 through 2031 and is required to be completed by January 31, 2023.  This is called the 6th Cycle Update.

An HCD certified Housing Element enables the City to be eligible for various state grants and funding sources. The State requires that Housing Elements be updated and certified regularly to reflect the most recent trends in demographics and employment that may affect existing and future housing demand and supply. 

What is the Process and How Long Will It Take?

The City has taken the first steps to initiate the project. Future steps will include:

Existing Conditions and Needs

Land Inventory

Fair Housing Assessment, 

  • Assessment of Housing Needs
  • Housing Constraints
  • Housing Goals, policies and objectives
  • Housing conditions survey
  • Preparation of Draft Housing Element
  • Safety Element update
  • Environmental Review
  • There will be community workshops, Planning Commission and City Council study sessions and hearings. The community is encouraged to participate throughout the process which we anticipate will take about 1.5 year to complete (by January 2023)

Joint Effort with Solano County Housing Element Collaborative 

The Solano County Regional Housing Element Collaborative is a shared effort among the cities of Benicia, Dixon, Fairfield, Rio Vista, Suisun City, Vacaville, Vallejo, and the County of Solano to update their Housing Elements. The goal of the Collaborative is for the jurisdictions to work together collaboratively by creating a regionally focused needs assessment and fair housing analysis and to save time, money, and resources by sharing information collectively. This effort will allow the Solano County Transportation Authority (STA)  to continue to facilitate and maintain relationships with the jurisdictions, non-profits, and affordable housing advocates after the Housing Elements are adopted. The Housing Element update will include more extensive regional outreach to gather input and needs throughout the County.

The Solano County Collaborative was formed to share resources and prepare a regional Housing Needs Assessment and a regional Assessment of Fair Housing Data across the County, rather than each City preparing their own. The Collaborative will serve to  prepare these documents for use by each city. The Solano Housing Collaborative will host various regional meetings, to solicit input and provide updates. For more information, see https://solhousingelements.com/

Who Can Participate?

All residents, business owners, community groups and other stakeholders within Dixon are encouraged to take part in this project and shape the future of the community.

How Can I Get Involved?

We are soliciting citizen participation in all phases of the project. There are many ways to get involved! See below for participation information.

Take a survey by the Solano County Housing Element Collaborative to provide your input on housing needs and concerns http://s.alchemer.com/s3/Solano-County-Housing-Elements-Survey


Project Documents 

Resolution from 4C approving RHNA Housing Methodology_9/16/21.pdf

Final Solano County 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Plan, November 2021

Power Point from Planning Commission (3/8/22) and City Council (3/15/22)

PowerPoint Presentation from Regional Housing Element Workshop (1/26/22 11:30am + 1/27/22 6pm)   English / Spanish 

PowerPoint Presentation from Regional Housing Element Workshop (3.30.22 11:30am + 6pm) English / Spanish


Existing City Documents

Dixon Certified Housing Element (2015-2023)


Upcoming Meetings

Past City Meetings

Video and any Staff Reports for these city meetings can be viewed at https://www.cityofdixon.us/MeetingAgendasMinutesVideos. From that page, navigate to the archived meeting section and find by hearing body and date of meeting. There will then be a links to the agenda (which includes the staff report), and video/audio from the meeting.

Past Regional Meetings

The following are county wide, regional Housing Element meetings held by the Solano County Collaborative. These were held on: 

         Regional Meeting #1 
(same topic, two different sessions) 

Regional Meeting #2 (same topic, two different sessions)
The Solano County Housing Element Collaborative hosted two regional workshops to discuss the findings of the joint Housing Needs Assessment and preparing a regional Housing Needs Assessment and a regional Assessment of Fair Housing on March 30, 2023. Two sessions are provided, 11:30am and 6:00pm. Flyer for these meetings can be viewed here.

        Wednesday, March 30, 2022 (11:30am)          Video from meeting    PowerPoint     Power Point (Spanish)      Flyer (English and Spanish)
        Wednesday March 30, 2022 
 (6:00pm)             Video from meeting   PowerPoint      Power Point (Spanish)      Flyer (English and Spanish)

        Regional Meeting #3 (same topic, two different sessions).

         Fair housing requirements and a summary of the fair housing findings for Solano County. See flyer here 

  •             Wednesday, June 1, 2022 (11:30am-1pm)       View meeting recording and presentation here
  •             Wednesday, June 1, 2022 (6pm-7:30pm)         View meeting recording and presentation here

Check out the Solano County Regional Housing Element web site for information at https://solhousingelements.com/

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City staff are available to answer questions or to provide additional information on the Housing Element Update. Email Raffi Boloyan, Community Development Director at rboloyan@cityofdixon.us.