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A Housing Element is part of a General Plan adopted by a city, town or county that includes the goals, policies and programs that direct decision-making around housing. The Housing Element is — at its

This January 2020 memorandum from the Deputy Director for the Division of Housing Policy Development at the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) provides direction to planners and

The State of California has established a number of requirements that must be addressed by each jurisdiction in the Housing Element of its General Plan. To be an effective tool, housing elements must

California requires that every jurisdiction have a housing element as part of its General Plan, and that the element be updated on a regular basis and reviewed by the state to ensure compliance with

Widening the range of housing types can increase the housing supply and help more low-income Californians thrive. Two examples of housing types that can be integrated in existing neighborhoods are

All jurisdictions in the Bay Area must update their Housing Element by January, 2023 for the 2023-2031 planning period. This checklist was developed by the California Department of Housing and

Senate Bill No. 375 (SB 375) is one of the first efforts by a state government to coordinate land use and transportation planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Appendix D to the SB 375 Technical

In pursuit of increased housing production, state law now requires many local housing approval decisions to be based on objective standards. To comply with state law, local jurisdictions must ensure

The Casita Coalition was formed to empower communities and help people solve their housing needs. It provides policy resources to support the development of small homes and ADUs (Accessory Dwelling

The Housing Element is the only element of a jurisdiction’s General Plan that is reviewed and certified by the state. Regular updates to the Housing Element are required under state law and help to