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Overview
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
2015-2023

 NOTICE OF INTENT TO ADOPT A NEGATIVE DECLARATION 2015-2023 HOUSING ELEMENT, CITY OF SAN CARLOS

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN THAT the San Carlos Planning Commission will hold a public hearing in the Council Chambers, City Hall, 600 Elm Street, San Carlos, on Monday, May 4, 2015 at 7:00 p.m., for the purpose of considering, reviewing, and receiving all comments of all persons interested in or concerned with the Annual Housing Element Progress Report and proposed 2015-2023 Housing Element.

State law requires each jurisdiction to submit Annual Housing Element Progress Report to the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The law requires that jurisdictions present the annual report at a public hearing. In addition, and also pursuant to State law, every city in the State of California is required to periodically update and adopt a Housing Element. The purpose of the Housing Element is to promote the maintenance and development of housing to meet the needs of the community. The Housing Element establishes policies and programs to meet these needs while maintaining and enhancing the existing character of the community. San Carlos’ current Housing Element was adopted by the City of San Carlos in 2009 and expires this year.

The Planning Commission will receive the Annual Housing Element Progress Report and consider recommendations to the City Council on adoption of the Initial Study/Negative Declaration and adoption of the 2015-2023 Housing Element. Thereafter the Annual Housing Element Progress Report, Initial Study/Negative Declaration, and 2015-2023 Housing Element will be forwarded to the City Council on Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines, Section 15063, an Initial Study has been prepared for the 2015-2023 Housing Element. The City of San Carlos Planning Division has determined that the 2015-2023 Housing Element would not have a significant effect on the environment. Accordingly, a Negative Declaration was prepared and circulated for public review on February 26, 2015 through March 27, 2015.

Information on the Annual Housing Element Progress Report, Initial Study/Negative Declaration, and 2015-2023 Housing Element is available at http://www.cityofsancarlos.org/housing/housing_element/default.asp

The project planner is Lisa Porras: (650) 802-4264, e-mail at lporras@cityofsancarlos.org. The Staff report will be available for viewing at www.epackets.net beginning April 30, 2015. This information is also available at the reference desk of the Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos.

All persons interested in the above are hereby invited to attend this public meeting and hearing and be heard. If you challenge this proposal in court, you may be limited to raising only those issues you or someone else raised at the public meeting and hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the Planning Division at, or prior to, the public meeting and hearing.



Based on an Initial Study, the staff of the City of San Carlos Planning Division determined that the Housing Element would not have significant adverse impacts on the environment. A Negative Declaration (ND) has been prepared for the project.

Click to view the Notice of Availability (23.4kb .pdf )

Click to view the Initial Study/Negative Declaration (6.09MB .pdf )

On January 12, 2015 the City Council directed staff to submit the Draft Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development for review.

 San Carlos Draft Housing Element - Part 1 (9.23MB .pdf 
 San Carlos Draft Housing Element - Part 2 (9.42MB .pdf 
 San Carlos Draft Housing Element - Part 3 (9.95MB .pdf 
 San Carlos Draft Housing Element - Part 4 (9.21MB .pdf 
 San Carlos Draft Housing Element - Part 5 (4.88MB .pdf 


The Preliminary Draft Housing Element was officially released today, December 10, 2014. This document is available to the public and can be accessed via the links below, or at the San Carlos Library and the Development Services Counter at City Hall.
Public meetings to discuss this document will be held as follows:
Planning Commission – January 5, 2015
City Council – January 12, 2015

 

San Carlos Preliminary Draft Housing Element - Part 1 (8.77MB .pdf  )
San Carlos Preliminary Draft Housing Element - Part 2 (9.83MB .pdf  )
San Carlos Preliminary Draft Housing Element - Part 3 (9.93MB .pdf  )
San Carlos Preliminary Draft Housing Element - Part 4 (8.77MB .pdf  )

Below is a list of Community Workshops and Public Hearings regarding the San Carlos Housing Element update. Both workshops will cover the same topics and will include a presentation, opportunity for you to ask questions and get more information, and then an opportunity to provide your comments. Click here to view the Summer 2014 Housing Element newsletter for more information about the Housing Element Update. (7.27MB .pdf  )

Community Workshop
September 3, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM
San Carlos Library (Second Floor)
610 Elm Street

Community Workshop
September 10, 2014, 6:30-8:30PM
San Carlos Library (Second Floor)
610 Elm Street

San Carlos Planning Commission Meeting
October 20, 2014, 7:00PM
City Hall Council Chambers
600 Elm Street

San Carlos City Council Meeting
October 27, 2014, 7:00PM (tentative)
City Hall Council Chambers
600 Elm Street


The Housing Element
2009-2014

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The purpose of this Housing Element is to promote the maintenance and development of housing to meet the needs of San Carlos residents. The Housing Element establishes policies and programs to meet these needs while maintaining and enhancing the existing character of the community.

In accordance with State Law and after a public outreach process, the City of San Carlos adopted a housing element on October 12, 2009, which was certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development on January 28, 2010. Check the links below for a look at the final documents. This Housing Element will be in effect through 2014.   

City of San Carlos Adopted Housing Element - Certified on January 28, 2010