What is the Housing Element

The Housing Element is one of the mandatory elements that must be included in a City’s General Plan. The Housing Element provides goals, polices, and actions that help the City plan for the housing needs for all segments of the City’s population while maintaining consistency with other General Plan Elements. The Housing Element does not require local governments to actually build housing, but rather facilitate the improvement and development of housing for all economic segments of the population.

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1. What is the Housing Element
2. What is included in the Housing Element
3. Who prepares and certifies the Housing Element
4. How much housing do we need to plan for?