San Mateo Housing Element 2023-2031

2023 - 2031 San Mateo Housing Element Cover

2023-2031 Housing Element

The 2023-2031 Housing Element is a state-mandated plan for how the City of San Mateo can accommodate at least 7,015 new homes over the next eight years and includes goals, policies and programs to help address current and future housing needs. It is the City’s blueprint for all housing-related decisions and sets an action plan for how to meet housing goals and ensure that housing can be provided for all residents and community members. 

Community Input 

All feedback and comments are welcome. 

  • By email to: Please send email comments with subject line “Housing Element”.  
  • By mail to: Housing Manager, City of San Mateo, Planning Division, 330 West 20th Avenue, San Mateo, CA 94403
  • Submit comment online.

Public Meetings

The City Council held a public hearing on Tuesday, January 24, 2023 and voted to adopt the 2023-2031 Housing Element. To view meeting videos, agenda reports and other information from this and other past meetings, please visit the City's Public Meeting Portal.

  1. Housing Element Documents
  2. Housing Element Timeline
  3. Public Mtg Material & Feedback

The Housing Element and its supporting appendices together are a very large publication. They are provided as individual .pdf documents to make it easier to access the information. Earlier versions of the Draft Housing Element published in April 2022, July 2022 and December 2022 are posted below for reference. 

Adopted Housing Element, January 2023

Updated Draft Housing Element, December 2022

Draft Housing Element submitted to HCD, July 2022

Public Review Draft Housing Element, April 2022

State HCD Review Letters

Stay Informed

Housing Programs and Policy Email Updates

More information will be added to this page when updates become available. Please check back frequently or sign up for the Housing Programs and Policy Updates email list to keep current on the progress and be notified of community events.

Let's Talk Housing

Let's Talk Housing is a collaborative effort of all the jurisdictions in San Mateo County focused on getting community feedback that will shape our Housing Elements – a housing plan that is part of every General Plan. Through an ongoing initiative called 21 Elements, we are working together to learn from and listen to the community about their housing needs, helping to make sure everyone is involved in shaping our shared future.

General Plan Update - Strive San Mateo

The City is updating its full General Plan concurrently with the Housing Element update, with a target to adopt the General Plan Update by the end of 2023. The City is working to ensure that all residents, business persons, and community members have a voice in the future plan for San Mateo.  Visit the General Plan project website to learn more and to see how you can get involved:

General Plan and Housing Element Timeline

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View .pdf version of the timeline

Frequently Asked Questions & Background Information

For more information about the Housing Element, you may visit the FAQs online or download this PDF version.

In 2019, the City hosted “Community Conversations about Housing”.  To read what community members talked about, see the reports from two workshops on the Community Conversations webpage and select 'Feedback and Reports'.