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. 

Housing Element Townhall Meeting 

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.

Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation. 


Housing Element Fact Sheet


The City of Pleasant Hill held a virtual (tele/video) community workshop on the 6th Cycle Housing Element on Wednesday, July 14, 2021.

The purpose of a Housing Element was to provide an assessment of current and future housing needs, identify opportunities and constraints on housing production, establish goals, policies, and programs to meet those needs, and to update City practices and regulations to reflect new State laws. The Housing Element identifies strategies and programs that focus on conserving and improving existing affordable housing, maximizing housing opportunities throughout the community, assisting in the provision of new affordable housing, removing governmental and other constraints to housing investment, and promoting fair and equal housing opportunities. The goal of the Housing Element Workshop was to initiate this discussion and provide community members with an overview of the Housing Element process mandated by the State of California, how the process affects Pleasant Hill, and ways to get involved in this critical process.

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 concludef with a live question and answer (Q&A) session with City staff and the City’s General Plan consultant, Mintier Harnish.

Watch the video from the meeting below. 

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