Riverside County Planning Commission to Meet in Coachella on County Housing Goals
COACHELLA – The Riverside County Planning Commission is holding a meeting in a unique location, at the Coachella Valley Water District in Coachella, to encourage eastern Coachella Valley public participation in the development of the county’s housing goals. Normally, desert meetings of the Planning Commission are conducted in La Quinta.
Supervisor John J. Benoit will provide welcoming remarks at the meeting, which will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 20, at the district’s Forbes Auditorium in Coachella, 85-995 Avenue 52.
“This meeting will be in Coachella to be closer to communities with great affordable housing needs,” said Supervisor John J. Benoit. “I encourage residents and organizations to take this special opportunity to express their interest in advancing affordable housing in the eastern Coachella Valley directly to the five-member Planning Commission.”
The Planning Commission holds about one regular meeting per month, in Riverside in addition to quarterly meetings at Perris, La Quinta and Temecula city halls. This meeting was moved to Coachella to be more accessible to residents of the eastern Coachella Valley.
The Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing on revisions to the county’s housing element. General Plans are required to include a housing element to assess housing needs for all economic segments of the population, identify local housing policies and set goals and programs to implement housing opportunities. State law requires the housing element to be planned and updated every 8 years to reflect current housing needs and projects.
The draft housing element is available on the Planning Department’s Web site, www.rctlma.org/planning, under the “Major Projects In Process” section, titled “Riverside County Housing Element- 2.13.13 Draft to HCD.”
The Planning Commission will also conduct a public hearing on a proposed zoning overlay known as the Coachella Valley Multiple Owner Group overlay. The ordinance could create a streamlined process for permitting certain properties in Coachella, Mecca, Oasis and Thermal. This could provide a new option for family members that live on a parcel for housing similar to the “Polanco” park program.
Written comments on the proposed housing element and Multiple Owner Group policy may be submitted to the project planner, Adam Rush, at P.O. Box 1409, Riverside, CA 92502 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.