Housing Element Update

Project Status

Updated 9/7/23 - Efforts to conduct a comprehensive update of the Housing Element for the 6th planning cycle are underway. On January 10, 2022, the City Council adopted Resolution No. 22-67 adopting the Revised Draft Housing Element, which was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on January 20, 2022. Subsequently, in March 2022, the HCD issued a letter finding that the Revised Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update addresses many statutory requirements; however, revisions will be necessary to comply with State Housing Element Law. Future City public hearings to address the HCD's comment letter have not been scheduled. 

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. 

The four major and required components of the Housing Element are the following:

  • Housing Needs Assessment: An analysis of the City's demographic, household and housing characteristics and related housing needs.
  • Housing Constraints: A review of potential market, governmental, and infrastructure constraints to meeting the City's identified housing needs.
  • Housing Resources: An evaluation of residential sites and financial resources available to address the City's housing goals.
  • The Housing Plan: A plan for addressing the City's identified housing needs, constraints, and resources through housing goals, policies and programs.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Future public meetings to address the HCD's March 22, 2022 letter have not been scheduled. 

Following the City Council meeting, feedback was incorporated into the draft Housing Element which was then sent to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review on August 24, 2021. 

On October 22, 2021, the HCD issued a letter finding that the draft element addresses many statutory requirements; however, revisions will be necessary to comply with State Housing Element Law. 

On January 10, 2022, the City Council adopted the Revised Draft  2021-2029 Housing Element Update. After adoption, the revised draft will be to HCD for a second round of review and certification. 

On March 22, 2022, the HCD issued a letter finding that the Revised Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update addresses many statutory requirements; however, revisions will be necessary to comply with State Housing Element Law. 

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Background

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 to reflect the most recent trends in demographics and employment that may affect existing and future housing demand and supply. The City of Malibu Housing Element must be updated and certified every eight years.

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. 

Each California city is required to plan for new housing to accommodate a share of regional needs. The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA”) is the process established in State law by which each city’s housing needs are determined. The City falls within the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) for purposes of this process. SCAG has made the final RHNA allocation assigned to each member City for the October 2021 through October 2029 planning period available at its website

For a complete history of the City of Malibu’s Housing Element, visit the Housing Element History webpage.

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