The Housing Element Site Selection (HESS) Tool is a web-based mapping tool developed by ABAG and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to guide Bay Area local jurisdictions in identifying potential sites for new housing that align with state Housing Element requirements and support regional and local priorities, including equity, growth, and climate goals.
HESS assists local jurisdictions in:
- Creating a site Inventory
- Meeting the jurisdiction’s Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA)
- Affirmatively furthering fair housing (AFFH)
The tool includes:
- Interactive maps
- Data tables
The tool was developed to assist local jurisdictions with development of their Housing Element site inventory, helping to support compliance with state requirements and to lift up best practices at the regional scale. It is intended to save jurisdictions time and resources by streamlining the data collection process and auto-populating sections of the Site Inventory Form required by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
ABAG, in partnership with HCD, hosted a webinar to discuss state data requirements, solicit input on regional data tools and train local planners to use a beta version of the Housing Element Site Selection Tool. Video of the 2020 Webinar.
This slide deck is a companion to the October 29, 2020 webinar that discussed state data requirements and solicited input on regional data tools for use in the housing element site inventory.