Housing Elements & HCD Comments

Housing Elements & HCD Comments

This page includes all the RHTA resources on draft Housing Elements and HCD comments. 

  • The RHTA Program has created CommentBot (C-Bot), a tool to help Bay Area jurisdictions address HCD's comments in their next draft housing element. C-Bot provides suggestions and links to RHTA and HCD resources to help jurisdictions address common concerns that HCD has raised in past comment letters. 

    C-Bot can be found here: https://c-bot.info/

  • Staff are tracking the submission of Bay Area draft Housing Elements and the comments jurisdictions receive from HCD. Copies of the drafts and HCD comment letters are available via this link.
  • ABAG staff and consultants have reviewed Housing Element comment letters for Bay Area jurisdictions as HCD has released them. A total of six jurisdictions have received comment letters as of September 15, 2022. This document summarizes key findings from the comments.
  • Learning from Southern California and Sacramento: Analysis of HCD comment letters and lessons for Bay Area jurisdictions as they prepare their 6th cycle Housing Elements.
  • Responding to HCD Comments for Certification: These case studies summarize how four cities in Southern California and the Sacramento region responded to challenging HCD comments related to sites inventory, AFFH and other Housing Element topics. The documents present important strategies that cities in the ABAG region can use to prepare their Housing Elements for certification. 

Webinar Recordings

Submitting your Housing Element is just the start. Addressing HCD’s comments to get it certified is the next step. The webinar How to Address HCD Comments for Certification featured a conversation with jurisdictions from Southern California and the Sacramento region to learn how they responded to and worked with HCD to get across the real finish line. Watch the video and view the slide presentation and related case studies. 

Keep Calm and Certify On: Tips from Early Adopters

This presentation and roundtable conversation covered the new state requirements for 6th cycle housing elements and perspectives from HCD and jurisdictions who have successfully submitted their housing elements. Watch the video and view the presentation