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Housing Element Update
Housing Element Update
2015-2023 Adopted Housing Element Documents

About the 2015-2023 Housing Element Update

California law mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of its community by preparing a Housing Element as part of its General Plan. Belvedere's current Housing Element was adopted in 2010 and
is available to view here. Per State law, the City must update the existing Housing Element for the next eight-year planning period which runs from January 31, 2015, through January 31, 2023.

The City of Belvedere is currently in the process of updating its Housing Element to include the following:
  • An analysis of demographic, housing, employment, and other trends that effect the housing needs of the community;
  • A summary of projected housing needs for the next planning period;
  • A review of the potential governmental, market, and environmental constraints to meeting the City's identified housing needs;
  • Policies and programs to meet the City's housing needs.

The Housing Element Update also identifies the City's Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) for the 2015-2023 planning period. According to the RHNA, Belvedere must plan for the development of 16 new units at four affordability levels: 4 very low income units, 3 low income units, 4 moderate income units, and 5 above moderate income units.

State law does not require Belvedere to build or finance new housing. Rather, the City must ensure there are adequate housing sites, appropriately zoned, to meet its housing needs. The City may also accommodate some of its housing needs through the development of second units.

Timeline for Housing Element Update
  1. Community Meeting on the Draft Housing Element scheduled for September 30, 2014.
  2. Planning Commission Public Hearing on Draft Housing Element Update tentatively scheduled for Dec 2014.
  3. City Council Public Hearing on Draft Housing Element Update tentatively scheduled for Jan 2015.
  4. Review by State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) of the City Council-approved copy of the Draft Housing Element Update for a 60-day review period in Jan 2015.
  5. Review of comments received from HCD and revision of Draft Housing Element Update.
  6. Planning Commission and City Council Public Hearings for final review and adoption of the Housing Element tentatively scheduled for April 2015.
  7. Certification of the approved Housing Element by HCD.

Meeting Agendas & Staff Reports
  • May 11, 2015 - Council Public Hearing for Final Review and Adoption of the Housing Element


Relevant Documents

Send Us Your Comments!
Community members are invited and encouraged to comment on the City of Belvedere's Housing Element Update at any time during the update process. You may submit comments to the City Planner, Irene Borba, by calling 1-415-435-3838 or email .

Contact City Hall
450 San Rafael Ave.
Belvedere, CA 94920-2336
Ph: 1-415-435-3838