Housing Element

2023-2031 Housing Element Update

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. 

Upcoming Event: Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting, December 13th!

Join us on December 13, 2022 to provide public comment and input on the Pleasant Hill’s Draft Housing Element

The City of Pleasant Hill will hold a joint City Council and Planning Commission hybrid meeting (in-person and virtual, tele/video, to review and collect public comments on the Public Review Draft 2023-2031 (6th Cycle) Housing Element on Tuesday, December 13, 2022, starting at 6:30PM. The meeting will include a presentation summarizing the Housing Element, key findings, and new implementation actions to address housing needs. Following the presentation, the Planning Commission and City Council will hear public comments, discuss the Draft, and provide comments to City staff.


In-Person Location:
City of Pleasant Hill
City Council Chambers
100 Gregory Lane, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523

Tele/Video Conference (virtual) via Zoom:
Meeting Link: www.zoom.us
Meeting ID: 826 3182 3247
Passcode: 520651

The meeting will also be viewable through www.youtube.com at the following link:

Upcoming Events

June 29, 2022 | GPAC Meeting #19

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.

Summer 2022 | 30-Day Public Review and Joint Study Session

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.

Summer - Fall 2022 | HCD 90-Day Review 

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.

Early 2023 | Final Documents and Adoption Hearings

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. 

Housing Element Fact Sheet

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.

Housing Element 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.

Housing Element Workshop

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is a Housing Element?
The City is currently working on an update to its Housing Element for the 2023-2030 planning period. The purpose of the housing element is to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to preserve, improve, and develop housing for all economic segments of the community. The Housing Element consists of two parts: a Background Report and Policy Document. The Background Report identifies the nature and extent of housing needs in the city, analyzes constraints to housing, and provides an inventory of sites available for residential use. The Background Report provides the basis for the City’s response to those needs in the Policy Document. The Policy Document includes goals, policies, and programs that will guide the City’s housing efforts through 2030.
What is included in the Housing Element?

Housing Elements are typically organized into the following parts:

  • Housing Needs Analysis
  • Analysis of Constraints to Housing Production
  • Inventory of Sites Suitable for Residential Development
  • Policy and Implementation Program

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:

  • implement of one or more of the Housing Element programs,
  • create objective residential design standards to reduce costs and permit processing times for developers, and,
  • draft amendments to the zoning ordinance for consistency with the new Housing Element.
Why update the Housing Element?

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.

Who oversees the Housing Element process?

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.

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