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Housing Element Update 2015-2023
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Margaret Kavanaugh-Lynch
Development Services Manager

Ph: (510) 215-4332

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 was 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.  HCD completed its review of the City draft Housing Element update in February 2015. The Planning Commission and the City Council will hold public hearings in spring 2015 to consider adoption of the 2015-2023 Housing Element.

Project Documents
Draft Housing Element Update, Nov 2014
Draft Housing Element Submittal to HCD, Dec 2014
Final Draft Housing Element, March 2015
Initial Study/Negative Declaration
NOI to Adopt a Negative Declaration
HCD Conditional Compliance Letter, Feb 2015

Upcoming Meetings
The Planning Commission and the City Council will hold adoption hearings to consider adoption of the 2015-2023 Housing Element in Spring 2015. The anticipated public hearing dates and related information are listed below.  

Planning Commission Public Hearing
Wednesday, March 18, 2015, 7:30pm
Council Chambers, City Hall
View agenda here.

City Council Public Hearing
Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 7:00pm
Council Chambers, City Hall
View agenda here.

Recent Meetings
City Council Policy Session 
Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, 7:00pm
Council Chambers, El Cerrito City Hall
View agenda here.
View presentation here.

Planning Commission Study Session
Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, 7:30pm 
View agenda here.
PC Study Session Presentation

Housing Element Community Workshops

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014, 10am-noon, El Cerrito Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane.
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).