Housing Element Update
The Housing Element of the City’s General Plan identifies Santa Barbara’s housing needs and establishes goals, policies, and actions to further the City’s commitment to the production of affordable housing and sound community planning. The Housing Element is updated every eight years and is currently addressing the 2023 to 2031 planning period.
Substantial Compliance Determination from HCD
On February 13, 2024, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) informed the City that the 2023-2031 Housing Element is in substantial compliance with State Housing Element Law (Gov. Code, § 65580 et seq).
2023 - 2031 Housing Element
Final Adopted Housing Element (December 12, 2023)
On December 12, 2023, City Council adopted the final 2023-2031 Housing Element. Government Code requires that Housing Elements contain a parcel-specific inventory of appropriately zoned, available, and suitable sites that provide housing opportunities for all income categories. See the Suitable Sites Inventory link below for a map and more information.
On December 12, 2023, City Council held a hearing to consider adoption of the 2023-2031 Housing Element. The staff report and meeting materials can be found below. For meetings prior to December 2023, please go to the City Council and Planning Commission websites.
Environmental review for implementation of the Housing Element Programs is underway with preparation of a Housing Plan Program EIR. Click here for more information.
Annual Progress Reports
Annual reports on the progress of the Housing Element are provided to City Council and HCD by April 1 each year. To view the most recent Housing Element Annual Progress Report, click here.