Housing Element Survey
The Town collected valuable community input in three languages(English, Spanish, and Chinese) through the Housing Element Survey. The survey opened on January 31, 2022 concluded on April 30, 2022.
Balancing Act Tool
Balancing Act is an online mapping tool which was created to allow residents to provide input on the most appropriate locations to potentially develop additional housing units in the Moraga community. Based on projections, and projects currently in development pipeline, Moraga has a shortfall of 800 units in meeting its housing requirement of 1,118 units. The Balancing Act Tool was open from March 3, 2022 to May 20, 2022, and enabled residents to "click" on each of the subareas and use "plus" and "minus" tools to add virtual housing units to each area. The number of units that can be assigned to each subarea is capped to avoid putting all the units in one zone. Once a player reaches 800 units, they receive the "you Have a Housing Plan!" message.
Housing Element 2023-2031
The Housing Element includes an extensive public engagement process to reach all segments of the community and stakeholder groups to ensure residents are aware of the requirement to zone for a variety of housing types and address affordable housing needs, and to ensure that the policies reflect local priorities and values. The public engagement process includes community workshops, presentations to neighborhood and community organizations, focus group meetings, web-based information and activities (surveys), and updates to the Planning Commission and the Town Council, as well as public hearings. Numerous communication platforms will be utilized, such as flyers, various social media posts, web announcements, press releases, news stories, and information for neighborhood newsletters. Upcoming meetings, workshops and hearings will be posted below.
Government Code 65583(c)(7) requires that: "The local government shall make a diligent effort to achieve public participation of all economic segments of the community in the development of the housing element.” The housing element will need to describe efforts made to engage the community throughout the process. The community engagement process should establish a community vision, continually inform the public, engage in meaningful dialogue, and receive input and feedback so that a path forward is established.