The Housing Element is the city's framework for housing goals and policies and helps guide designs that will facilitate the creation and preservation of housing in the city.
State law requires every city and county to adopt a Housing Element as part of its General Plan. Housing Element law requires local governments to adequately plan to meet their existing and project housing needs, including their fair share of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). The law recognizes that in order for the private sector to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory schemes that provide opportunities for housing development.
The 5th Cycle (2015-2023) update of the Housing Element was completed in early 2015.
The City Council adopted the Housing Element update on January 5, 2015 and adopted an amendment to the Housing Element on April 16, 2015 to include references to the city's Climate Action Plan (Resolution 2015-36).