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Housing Element Update 2015-2023
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Hilde Myall
Housing Program Manager

Ph: (510) 215-4358

The Housing Element is one of seven mandatory elements to a local jurisdiction's General Plan. State law (Senate Bill 375) requires jurisdictions in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, including El Cerrito, to update their Housing Element based on an eight year planning period that begins in 2015. The housing element must address the City's fair share of the regional housing need and specific State statutory requirements, but it ultimately should reflect the vision and priorities of the local community.

One of the main focal points of the update is the state law requirement of every local jurisdiction to plan for its share of the state's housing needs for people at all income levels. The City's will review the existing Housing Element and will revise the document to reflect current conditions, city policies, and methods to meet the housing requirements mandated by the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

The Housing Element update, which will cover the planning period from 2015 to 2023, will be prepared by the Community Development Department. The Housing Element will be reviewed and considered by the Planning Commission and then presented to the City Council for adoption. To stay involved with the Housing Element update, please visit this page for the latest news and important dates.

Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element
The draft 2015-2023 Housing Element is available for review at the links below. The draft will be presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council in December 2014 for their review and comment, and then submitted to the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for compliance review. As noted below under “Upcoming Meetings”, the Planning Commission and the City Council will each hold a study session in December to review the draft Housing Element. In addition, following review by HCD, the Planning Commission and the City Council will hold public hearings in spring 2015 to consider adoption of the 2015-2023 Housing Element.

Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element (Full document)
I. Introduction (1.9 MB)
II. Housing Needs (.4 MB)
III. Resources & Constraints (2.1 MB)
IV. Housing Policy Program (.2 MB)
V. Appendices (3.4 MB)

Upcoming Meetings
Planning Commission Study Session
Thursday, Dec. 4th, 7:30pm
Council Chambers, El Cerrito City Hall
View agenda here.
PC Study Session Presentation

City Council Study Session
Tuesday, Dec. 16th, 7:00pm
Council Chambers, El Cerrito City Hall
View agenda here.

Recent Meetings
Housing Element Community Workshops

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10am-noon, El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
Download the workshop presentation.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 6pm-8pm at City Hall, 10890 San Pablo Avenue (at Manila) in El Cerrito . Download the workshop presentation.

Community Survey of City's Housing Needs
The City of El Cerrito is interested in resident and stakeholder feedback regarding the City's housing needs for the 2015-2023 planning period. The City of El Cerrito developed an online survey to gather feedback about community housing and to help ensure that the City’s Housing Element reflects the vision and priorities of the El Cerrito community. The survey was conducted between July and October 8, 2014 and is now closed. The results of the survey will be included in the Draft Housing Element document.


Certified 2008-2014 Housing Element

The Housing Element update will be based on accommodating the City’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), adopted by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).