Housing Element Update

Project Status

Updated 3/15/21 - Efforts to conduct a comprehensive update of the Housing Element for the 6th planning cycle are underway. The City is currently updating the General Plan Housing Element, as well as the Safety and Health Element, for submission to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Planning Commission and City Council hearings will be scheduled in Spring 2021. 

Next Steps

The City of Malibu, along with all jurisdictions in California, is mandated by California State Government Code Sections 65580 to 65589 to prepare Housing Element updates to its General Plan for State certification within a specified timeframe covering a range of years. The City falls within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for purposes of this process.  State Housing Element law requires that each City and County identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs within their jurisdictions, and prepare goals, policies, programs and quantified objectives to further the development, improvement, and preservation of housing. SCAG is now in the process of developing the next planning period Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) which will cover October 2021 through October 2029. City staff are currently working with SCAG on the RHNA allocation for Malibu.


The State of California Housing Element Law, enacted in 1969, mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of the community in all economic levels. Included in this State law is the requirement that local governments adopt land use plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. The State also requires that Housing Elements be updated and certified every five years to reflect the most recent trends in demographics and employment that may affect existing and future housing demand and supply. For a complete history of the City of Malibu’s Housing Element  visit the Background webpage. 

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