City of San Carlos Housing Element
The State of California requires that each governing body (City Council or Board of Supervisors) of a local government in California adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the jurisdiction. The housing element is one of the seven mandated elements of the local general plan.
Housing element law, enacted in 1980, mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. The law acknowledges that, in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. As a result, housing policy in the State rests largely upon the effective implementation of local general plans and, in particular, local housing elements. Housing element law also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) review local housing elements for compliance with State law and to report its written findings to the local government.
The Housing Element
The purpose of this Housing Element is to promote the maintenance and development of housing to meet the needs of San Carlos residents. The Housing Element establishes policies and programs to meet these needs while maintaining and enhancing the existing character of the community.
In accordance with State Law and after a public outreach process, the City of San Carlos adopted a housing element on October 12, 2009, which was certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development on January 28, 2010. Check the links below for a look at the final documents. This Housing Element will be in effect through 2014. City of San Carlos Adopted Housing Element - Certified on January 28, 2010