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Housing Elements

By law, every city and county in California must adopt a Housing Element as part of its General Plan. The purpose of the Housing Element is to ensure that local governments adequately plan to meet the housing needs of all people within the community-regardless of their income. The underlying premise of Housing Element law is that, for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems which provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development.

In the Bay Area, local governments must complete revisions to their Housing Elements by January 31st 2015. Please browse the following pages to access resources ABAG has put together to aid jurisdictions with their housing element update process.


Links to the various government codes for Housing Elements: