CITY HALL — Burbank is experiencing a housing crisis, prompting the need to increase residential development projects, the Planning Board told the City Council Tuesday night.
State law mandates that each city take stock of its housing capacity. That mandate, called the General Plan Housing Element, is unique to each city and depends on factors such as jobs and regional development. The number of housing units a city must have is calculated through the Regional Housing Needs Assessment, which identifies each city’s existing and future housing needs.
“Different cities get different numbers proportional to their population,” Principal Community Planner Michael Forbes said.
According to the assessment Forbes presented, the city must show it has the capacity to build at least 3,800 additional housing units through 2014.