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General Plan Housing Element
The Housing Element is part of Oakland’s General Plan that serves as a blueprint for housing the City’s residents, at all economic levels including low income and households with special needs. The Housing Element presents an inventory of sites suitable for residential development in Oakland; an assessment of financial and programmatic resources; and an analysis of constraints, both governmental and non-governmental, to housing production in Oakland. This data and systematic analysis provides the basis for policies and actions to meet Oakland’s housing needs for the future.
Under State law (California Government Code Sections 65580-65589.8), every city and county in California is required to adopt a Housing Element, subject to State approval, as part of its General Plan. An updated Element allows a City to access critical local, state and federal funds. The City is currently in the process of updating the Housing Element for the planning period from 2014 through 2022.
The foundation for the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). This is a state-mandated requirement that all California cities provide for their fair share of the regional housing need for all income levels. RHNA “assignments” for each city are determined by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG). Oakland is required, under the RHNA, to plan for 14,765 new housing units between 2014 and 2022.
In 2008, Senate Bill 375 (SB 375 – the Sustainable Communities and Climate Protection Act) was adopted and strengthened coordination between regional housing and transportation planning:
- Requires Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to incorporate a Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) into the Regional Transportation Plan:
- To achieve greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions
- Accommodate the RHNA planning as a means to achieve GHG emission reduction goals
- Amended the RHNA schedule and strengthened rezoning requirements.
One effort to meet the overlapping objectives of SB 375 and Housing Element Law is ABAG’s “Plan Bay Area” with the following objectives:
- Increase supply, diversity and affordability of housing
- Promote infill development and more efficient land use patterns
- Promote intraregional relationship between jobs and housing
- Protect environmental resources
- Promote socioeconomic equity
Housing Element Update Schedule
|Feb. - Mar. 2014||Director’s reports to advisory boards and public hearings; launch of social media and e-surveys |
|April - May||Presentation of Public Review Draft Housing Element to advisory boards and at public hearings; continuation of social media and e-surveys|
|June - July||Mandatory review of Draft Housing Element by the CA Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD)|
|Aug. - Sept.||Respond to comments from HCD|
|Sept. - Dec.||Planning Commission and City Council Housing Element Adoption Hearings|
|Jan. 2015||Council Adoption of Housing Element Update|
Meetings & Hearings
We welcome members of the public to attend the following public hearings:
|Housing Element Meeting Schedule|
|Date and Time||Type of Meeting/Topic||Location||Materials|
Monday, April 14, 2014
Mayor's Commission on Persons with Disabilities
City Hall Hearing Room #3
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
City Hall Hearing Room #1
Tuesday, April 1, 2014
|Density Bonus Agenda Report|
|Tuesday, March 25, 2014|
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Community and Economic Development Committee
City Hall Hearing Room #1
|Wednesday, March 5, 2014 |
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Commission on Aging
City Hall Hearing Room #1
|February 19, 2014|
Hearing Room One, Oakland City Hall
Documents & Resources
- 2007-2014 Housing Element adopted December 2010 (entire document for download and printing)
- Chapter 7, Goals, Policies and Actions (individual chapter of the 2007-2014 Housing Element)
- California Dept of Housing and Community Development Housing Element Information
- Housing Element Law
- Regional Housing Needs Allocation Process
- 2013 Limits for Very Low, Low and Moderate Income
- Plan Bay Area
- Plan Bay Area Framework: Priority Development Areas (PDAs) for the City of Oakland
Other Policy Updates
Zoning for Emergency Shelters (SB 2) - The City of Oakland is updating its Planning Code to comply with California State Law Senate Bill 2, 2007, (SB 2). SB 2 requires cities to permit emergency shelters in at least one zoning district without a conditional use permit or other discretionary action. For more information, visit the project webpage.
Density Bonus Ordinance Update – The City of Oakland is updating its Planning Code to bring its existing Density Bonus Ordinance into compliance with State law. California law (Government Code Section 65915) requires cities and counties to grant density bonuses to developers who propose to construct a specified percentage of housing affordable to very low- or low-income households or senior housing. Density bonuses are intended to provide an incentive to developers to construct affordable housing or senior housing. See the “Meetings & Hearings” section of this webpage for upcoming public hearings on this topic.
New Reasonable Accommodations Ordinance - The City of Oakland is updating its Planning Code to include a Reasonable Accommodations Ordinance. This ordinance will provide flexibility in the application of the Planning Code for individuals with a disability, when flexibility is necessary to eliminate barriers to housing opportunities. See the “Meetings & Hearings” section of this webpage for upcoming public hearings on this topic.
For more information on the Housing Element update or to make a comment:
Send an email to email@example.com, or
Leave a message at (510) 238-7299