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Housing Element Update Workshops
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The City of Escalon has scheduled a pair of community workshops beginning Thursday, April 16 to gather input on the future of housing in the city. Residents and other interested parties, such as business people and housing advocates, may attend one or all of the workshops, which are part of the first phase of updating the City's Housing Element of the General Plan.

"We hope that residents and other interested parties from the community will attend. This is a great opportunity for folks to identify their concerns and priorities regarding the city's existing and future housing," said Duane Peterson, Community Development Director. "Community input is essential in developing a Housing Element that reflects the primary issues and goals of our city."

A Housing Element is a planning document designed to address the existing and projected housing needs for people of all incomes in the city. It will provide future guidance for the types and number of dwelling units that will be appropriate for the city through 2014.

The workshops are an opportunity for the public to provide input on housing issues that face the city, including the types of housing needed in Escalon, where new housing should be located and what types of special housing needs exist within the city. In addition, the city is seeking input on how to preserve and improve the quality of Escalon's existing residential neighborhoods.

Peterson said the input from the sessions will be used to develop strategies, policies and programs that will guide residential development in the city.

The first Housing Element Update workshop will be at the Escalon Community Center from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 16.

The second workshop is an afternoon session, scheduled for Monday, April 20 at the Escalon Branch Library, 1540 Second St., 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

A presentation will be made to the Escalon City Council identifying changes in Housing Element law, the update process, and the key components of a Housing Element at the next regular council meeting, Monday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the library.

For more information about the workshops, contact Carol Norris or Duane Peterson at the Community Development Department at 838-4135.