General Information
General Information
City of Berkeley 2015-2023 Housing Element

Project Managers: Alex Amoroso and Leslie Mendez
Email: aamoroso@cityofberkeley.info ; lmendez@cityofberkeley.info

The City of Berkeley Housing Element serves as the City's framework for housing goals, policies, and detailed programs for meeting existing and future housing needs and for increasing affordable housing opportunities. The current 2015-2023 Housing Element (HE) addresses the planning period of January 31, 2015 to January 31, 2023 as required by the State Housing Element Law (Government Code 65588). The HE guides decisions to facilitate the development, rehabilitation, and availability of housing in Berkeley.

The purpose of the Housing Element is to: 

  • Determine the existing and projected housing needs of Berkeley residents;
  • Identify adequate parcels via the site inventory process to facilitate the development of housing for various income levels to accommodate Berkeley’s share of regional need;
  • Establish goals and policies that guide decision-making to address housing needs with programs like Homeless Housing and Service Programs, Reasonable Accommodation Ordinance, Housing Trust Fund, Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, etc.; and
  • Describe programs that will implement the City’s housing objectives.
2015-2023 HOUSING ELEMENT, Adopted April 28, 2015

Housing Element Materials and Resources 

California State Law
State law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan containing seven mandatory elements, one of which is housing. Unlike the other general plan elements, the housing element, required to be updated every eight years, is subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  The following resources provide technical assistance and information on the recommended process and content of a housing element.

City Environmental Review of Housing Element
 DRAFT Negative Declaration with Initial Study on the 2015-2023 Housing Element and Notice of Intent to Adopt

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