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On July 18, 2022, the City submitted an initial draft of the Housing Element “Initial Draft Housing Element - v1” to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for a 90-day review and received comments from HCD on October 25, 2022. In response to HCD’s comments, the City has posted a revised draft of the Housing Element “Revised Draft Housing Element - v2” with new edits shown in color font (Microsoft Word’s tracked changes mode) below.
Public comments about the “Revised Draft Housing Element - v2” were accepted between February 7 and February 14, 2023.
The City Council adopted the Housing Element on April 18, 2023 and it has been submitted to HCD for final approval and certification. You can access the adopted version below:
Housing Needs Plan
This document describes the methodology for the Regional Housing Needs Allocation for the 2022-2030 Housing Element Update (6th Housing Element Cycle). A major goal of the RHNP is to ensure a fair distribution of housing among the cities and county, so that every community provides an opportunity for a variety of housing affordable to all economic segments.
The 2022 Housing Element Update planning process will perform an extensive update of the 2014 Housing Element’s policies to ensure that policies reflect current values, housing needs, and conditions. You can download the City's Housing Element for the period 2014-2022 here.
Housing Accountability Act
The Housing Accountability Act (HAA) establishes the state’s overarching policy that a local government may not deny, reduce the density of, or make infeasible housing development projects, emergency shelters, or farmworker housing that are consistent with objective local development standards.
Accessory Dwelling Units
The State has published an ADU Handbook to assist local governments in encouraging the development of ADUs. ADUs are a unique opportunity to address a variety of housing needs and provide affordable housing options for family members, friends, students, the elderly, in-home health care providers, people with disabilities, and others.
Understanding the Cost of Developing Affordable Housing
This interactive tool from the Urban Institute puts you in the driver's seat of an affordable housing development to explore the variables that affect its development, and better understand why government subsidies are needed to create, preserve and operate affordable housing.
Community Meeting #1
On October 20, 2021, the City invited residents to participate in a virtual community meeting and discussion on housing challenges and possibilities. Community input and feedback gathered during this event will help define the priorities for housing in our City and influence future housing policies. Access the materials from the meeting and breakout groups here.
Community Meeting #2
On November 17, 2021, the City invited residents to participate in a live meeting and discussion on housing goals and programs. Community input and feedback gathered during this event will help define the priorities for housing in our City and influence future housing policies. Access the materials from the meeting and breakout group here.
Cal HFA ADU Grant Program
The Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Grant Program will create more housing units in California by providing a grant of up to $25,000 to reimburse pre-development costs associated with the construction of the ADU.
Access resources to learn more about the CalHFA ADU Grant Program here.