The Housing Element ensures that there is adequate land in place to accommodate Pleasant Hills’ fair share of new residents. The City adopted the existing Housing Element in 2016 for the planning period of 2015-2023. The 2023-2031 Housing element will identify and address housing needs through 2031 and will include significant updates for compliance with State housing law.
On June 29th, 2022, the GPAC will discuss the Administrative Draft Housing Element Policy Document. The meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, June 29 at 6:30pm via Zoom.
The City will release the Public Review Draft Housing Element and will make it available for public comment for a minimum of 30 days. Following the public review period, the Planning Commission and City Council will conduct a joint study session to review the Public Review Draft Housing Element and public comments on the document.
The Public Review Draft Housing Element will be submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for initial 90-day review. Following the 90-day review period, HCD will issue a comment letter outlining any additional required revisions.
The City will revise the Public Review Draft and prepare the Final Housing Element Needs Assessment and Policy Document. The City will hold public hearings with the Planning Commission and City Council to discuss the revisions to the Housing Element and consider the document for adoption.
Learn more about the Housing Element and why the City is updating the Housing Element through this informational fact sheet originally distributed at the October 27, 2021 Townhall.
On October 27th, 2021, Mayor Noack and Councilmember Carlson held a Townhall meeting to discuss the Housing Element Update, the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), and the incentives for Housing Element compliance. The virtual meeting included an introductory presentation followed by public questions and comments.
On July 14, 2021, The City of Pleasant Hill held a virtual (tele/video) community workshop on the 6th Cycle Housing Element.
The Housing Element Workshop focused specifically on the intersection of the Housing Element and the 2040 General Plan, related to the evaluation of potential sites for housing to satisfy the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). This was a follow-up to a series of General Plan Advisory Committee (GPAC) meetings held in May and June of 2021. The GPAC sessions included a robust discussion of where the most appropriate locations are for new housing within the community. A recommended buildout of potential housing sites was presented as part of the workshop, and the meeting concluded with a live question and answer (Q&A) session with City staff and the City’s General Plan consultant, Mintier Harnish.
Housing Elements are typically organized into the following parts:
As a part of updating the Housing Element, the City will reorganize or add new sections to emphasize pertinent planning issues and respond to new State laws that have been passed since the current Housing Element was adopted. Following the adoption of the Housing Element, the Housing Element Team will:
Since 1969, California has required that all cities and counties plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing elements as part of their “general plan” (also required by the State). General plans serve as the local government’s "blueprint" for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include eight required elements: land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, environmental justice, and housing (a ninth element, air quality, is required for cities and counties in the San Joaquin Valley). The law mandating that housing be included as an element of each jurisdiction’s general plan is known as “housing element law.”
California’s housing element law acknowledges that, for the private market to adequately address the housing needs and demand of Californians, local governments must adopt plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for (and do not unduly constrain) housing development. As a result, housing policy in California rests largely upon the effective implementation of local general plans and, in particular, local housing elements.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) plays the critical role of reviewing every local government’s housing element to determine whether it complies with State law and then submits written findings back to each local government. HCD must certify the housing element before the City can adopt it as part of the General Plan.