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Posted on: August 23, 2023

[ARCHIVED] 2021-2029 Housing Element Update

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A seven (7) day public review period for the updated 6th cycle of the Housing Element 2021-2029 commences on Wednesday, August 23, 2023, and concludes on Tuesday, August 29, 2023. Click here to access the newly updated document. All comments can be directed to Joseph Lambert, Development Services Director, at or by calling (714) 993-8124. For more information on the Housing Element, please see below.

The Housing Element identifies the City’s housing needs and conditions and establishes goals, objectives, and policies that form the basis of the City’s vision and strategy for enhancing and preserving the community’s character and expanding housing opportunities for all Placentia’s community members. The element also contains in-depth analysis and evaluation of the City’s population, economics, household size, housing stock, housing programs, and regulations. 

State Law establishes that each city accommodates its fair share of affordable housing as an approach to distributing housing needs throughout the state. State Housing Element law also recognizes that in order for the private sector to address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land-use plans and implement regulations that provide opportunities for and do not unduly constrain, a housing development by the private sector. State housing laws regarding Housing Elements are found in the California Government Code Sections 65580-65589. The housing element is required to be updated every eight years. It is also subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review and approval by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

According to State law, the Housing Element must:

  • Provide goals, policies, quantified objectives, and scheduled programs to preserve, improve and develop housing;
  • Identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs for all economic segments of the community;
  • Identify adequate sites that are zoned and available within the 8-year housing cycle to meet the city’s fair share of regional housing needs at all income levels;
  • Be certified (approved) by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as complying with state law; and,
  • Be internally consistent with other parts of the General Plan (and meeting this requirement is critical to having a legally adequate General Plan).

To learn more, please click here.

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