Monterey Peninsula Issues & Actions:
Del Rey Oaks Housing Element
To comply with the state’s requirement to update the housing element, the City of Del Rey Oaks approved a new element and submitted it to the state by the required deadline of December 31, 2019.
LandWatch Position: Lawsuit Filed
Project Status: Housing Element Approved
- The Housing Element (download file from the City’s site #2 on the list) was updated by the City of Del Rey Oaks.
- The City of Del Rey Oaks is the lead agency.
- The Housing Element hasn’t been updated since 1992.
- LandWatch sued the City over the Housing element in January 2020.
- The City approved the Housing Element on December 17, 2019.
- The City considered the draft Housing element on November 25, 2019.
- The Initial Study/Negative Declaration for the draft Housing Element was released October 24, 2019, but was updated in December 2019.
Project Location Map
The Housing Element zoning applies to the entirety of the City of Del Rey Oaks.
Full Size Map (1.5M PDF file)
Resources At Risk
- Significant Impacts
The Housing Element was adopted with a Negative Declaration stating there were no significant impacts to the environment.
- Water Supplies
Several parcels are above the already overdrafted Salinas Valley Groundwater Basin and pumping would further deplete the groundwater.
LandWatch engages in the public process in a variety of ways. For this project, here is a list of our engagement strategies.
- Lawsuit: LandWatch Files Lawsuit Against Del Rey Oaks (237K PDF file)
The Housing Element approved by the City Council of Del Rey Oaks fails to consider the environmental impacts and failed to keep its Housing Element current. (01.03.20)
- Letter: LandWatch Relays CEQA and Housing Element Concerns (9.7M PDF file)
After conversations with the City and City Attorney, LandWatch was unable to support either Housing Element being proposed by staff. The issues relate to compliance with CEQA, groundwater pumping, and the availability of land for housing—among other topics. (12.16.19)
- Plan Ignores Impacts and Water
The Council voted 4-1 to adopt the new Housing Element—just in time for the state’s December 31st deadline—but the plan lacked essential information. This plan approval prompted a lawsuit by LandWatch on CEQA and lack of water sustainability. (01.04.20)
- Del Rey Oaks Approves Plan and Gets Sued
Trying to meet a December 31st deadline the Del Rey Oaks City Council approved its updated housing plan on December 17th—its first update in 27 years. LandWatch promptly filed a lawsuit focused on lack of water supply and impacts to the environment. (01.04.20)
- LandWatch Raises Concerns on Housing Plan
While the initial invitation to LandWatch to sit at the table and discuss the Housing Element was a welcoming one, that changed. The City’s lack of analysis for water on a specific parcel of former Fort Ord lands coupled with other concerns turned talks sour. (12.26.19)
- Del Rey Oaks Drafts Housing Plan
The City of Del Rey Oaks plans to adopt its new Housing Element prior to the deadline of December 31st. Included in the mix is the requirement to build 86 units of varying levels of affordability. (12.10.19)
- Council to Consider new Housing Element
On December 17, the City of Del Rey Oaks has a public hearing to consider its new Housing Element, which focuses on becoming compliant with state laws. Specifically, the effort to meet the state’s allocated Regional Housing Needs Assessment numbers for the city. (12.10.19)