City of San Carlos Housing Element
The State of California requires that each governing body (City Council or Board of Supervisors) of a local government in California adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the jurisdiction. The housing element is one of the seven mandated elements of the local general plan.
Since 1969, Housing Elements have been a legal obligation to implement the State's goal for "decent housing and a suitable living environment for every California family," which is critical to the State's long-term economic competitiveness. Housing element law mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. The law acknowledges that, in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. As a result, housing policy in the State rests largely upon the effective implementation of local general plans and, in particular, local housing elements. Housing element law also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) review local housing elements for compliance with State law and to report its written findings to the local government.
The Housing Element Update
The San Carlos 2015-2023 Housing Element was certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development on May 20, 2015. Click here to view the certification letter (405.5kb .pdf )
On May 11, 2015 the San Carlos City Council adopted the Housing Element. The adopted Housing Element was sent to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for certification.
Click here to view the adopted Housing Element (34.15MB .pdf )