The housing element is one of seven General Plan Elements that is mandated by California State Law. It is intended to provide citizens and public officials with an understanding of the housing needs in the community and set forth an integrated set of policies and programs aimed at the attainment of defined goals.
More specifically, the housing element is intended to:
- Provide comprehensive housing-related information through the compilation of data from numerous sources
- Provide an estimate of present and future housing needs and constraints by examining population characteristics and growth trends, as well as the current condition of the housing stock
- Act as a tool for coordination between governmental bodies and the local building industry
- Provide direction for future planning programs to ensure that sufficient consideration is given to housing goals and policies
- Establish and portray community goals and policies relative to housing through the identification of existing stated and implicit goals and the identification of housing needs and problems
- Establish and identify programs intended to attain and implement the community’s goals and policies, taking into consideration the feasibility of those programs
- Act as a meaningful guide to decision-makers considering housing-related issues
The Final 2008-2014 Housing Element
was approved by the City Council on September 9, 2009.
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