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:
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