City of San Carlos Housing Element

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Housing Element Meetings*:

Planning Commission - Monday, October 20, 2014 - Housing Element Preliminary Draft Review - POSTPONED - MEETING CANCELED

City Council - Monday, October 27, 2014 - Housing Element Review - POSTPONED

*As noted in the Housing Element article of the 
October-December 2014 City of San Carlos Community Newsletter

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

Housing Elements are due by January 15, 2015.

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

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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