Housing Element History

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.

The Original General Plan

State law requires each city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for its physical development. General Plans include several “elements” that address various topics. The Malibu General Plan is organized into the following elements: Land Use, Circulation and Infrastructure, Conservation, Open Space and Recreation, Safety and Health, Noise, and Housing. The City’s first Housing Element was adopted in 1995 with the rest of the original General Plan in November 1995. 


On February 12, 2001, the City Council adopted the 2001 General Plan Housing Element Update and certified the Negative Declaration. This Housing Element was not certified by HCD prior to the adoption of the subsequent Housing Element.


2008-2014 Housing Element

On August 26, 2013, the City Council adopted the 2008-2014 General Plan Housing Element Update and certified the Environmental Impact Report (EIR). As part of the 2008-2014 Housing Element, various amendments and additions to the Malibu Municipal Code, the City’s LCP Local Implementation Plan, and the Zoning Map, including the adoption of a new Chapter 17.41, Affordable Housing were adopted. 

On September 10, 2013, Department of Housing and Community Development certified the housing element. In 2019, the California Coastal Commission certified the Local Coastal Program, Zoning Code, and Zoning Map amendments associated with the 2008-2014 Housing Element, with suggested modifications. On September 9, 2019, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 449, to incorporate the California Coastal Commission’s suggested modifications, repealing Ordinance No. 375.

Related Documents


On January 13, 2014, the City Council adopted the 2013-2021 Housing Element Update. On February 12, 2014, the Department of Housing and Community Development certified the housing element.

On July 13, 2015, the City Council adopted Ordinance No. 388 an amendment to M.M.C. Section 17.41.010 (Affordable Housing) to amend the provisions of subsection (D)(2)(b) to correct a drafting error in and clarify the intent of Ordinance No. 375 by deleting the words “density bonus and” from this subsection (later replaced by Ordinance No. 449).



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