Garden Grove

City housing needs are studied

CAN or should Garden Grove build 19,122 new homes by 2029? (Shutterstock).

Imagine Garden Grove as a city with 250,000 or even more residents. That possibility will be contemplated by the city planning commission when it meets on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.

The sole topic of the special meeting will be the city’s housing element, as affected by a state mandate known as the Regional Housing Needs Assessment. As a means of easing homelessness and the high cost of housing in the state, each city is assigned an RHNA allocation.

Garden Grove’s target is 19,122 new housing units. If each unit had three occupants, the end result would be to add about 60,000 more residents to the city by 2029, an increase of roughly one-third of the current size of the community.

Under state law, each must – at least – zone areas of the community and identify specific properties that could accommodate such growth in residential uses.

Garden Grove must submit its housing element plan to the state Department of Housing and Community Development by Oct. 15, 2021.

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