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 City of Berkeley Housing Element Update 2023-2031 

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The Housing Element Update will serve as the City of Berkeley’s housing plan for the next 8 years (2023-2031). It is an important opportunity for Berkeley’s residents and community members to come together on assessing housing needs, identifying policy and resource priorities, and finding solutions to implement a wide range of housing choices. The plan contains goals, policies, and programs that will guide the City’s decision-making around the development and rehabilitation of housing.

The Housing Element serves as a comprehensive document for everyone in the Berkeley community. Racial and social equity, and protections for vulnerable and historically impacted communities, are key factors in this update to the City’s housing plan. 

As part of the Housing Element Update and Residential Objective Standards projects, the Planning Division is seeking input on the development of housing options in Berkeley. To facilitate the conversation, we have put together two self-guided neighborhood walking tours and each booklet can be downloaded and printed: Downtown Berkeley and West Berkeley. The goal of the tours is to inform and get feedback on the diversity of housing types and building sizes in the City.

Now through Monday, January 31, 2022, please give us your feedback on the housing types you see on each tour!

  • Downtown Berkeley Tour Booklet  |  Online Survey
  • West Berkeley Tour Booklet  |  Online Survey
  • Tour Time. Each walking tour is approximately one hour long and the routes are mostly flat.
  • Tour Distance. Downtown Berkeley is 1.3 miles. West Berkeley is 1.5 miles
  • Booklet Printing Instructions. Please print double-sided, flip on short edge. The Downtown booklet is 3 sheets of paper total. The West Berkeley booklet is 4 sheets of paper total.

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Wed, 11/24/2021 to
Mon, 01/31/2022
Self-Guided Residential Walking Tour
Downtown Tour Booklet
West Berkeley Tour Booklet
Downtown Survey
West Berkeley Survey
Wed, 01/19/2022, 6:00pm Civic Arts Commission Agenda
Thu, 01/27/2022, 6:00pm Online Public Workshop #2
Flyer English | Spanish
Registration Link 
Fri, 01/28/2022, 12:00pm City/UC/Student Relations Committee Agenda
Wed, 02/09/2022, 7:00pm Planning Commission
Notice of Preparation (NOP) Scoping Meeting
Wed, 02/16/2022, 7:00pm ZORP Subcommittees Meeting #2 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87506470747
US: +1 669 900 6833
Webinar ID: 875 0647 0747 
Tues, 03/15/2022, 6:00pm      City Council Work Session #3 Agenda



The Housing Element is mandated by State law to be updated every eight years and certified by California’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Each jurisdiction in California receives a target number of homes to plan for called the Regional Housing Needs Allocation, or RHNA. On December 16, 2021, Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) Executive Board conducted a public hearing and adopted the Final RHNA Plan.

  • Berkeley’s RHNA for the 2015-2023 period is 2,959 residential units.
  • Berkeley’s RHNA for the 2023-2031 period is 8,934 residential units.
  • The total Regional Housing Needs Determination (RHND) for the Bay Area in the 2023-2031 period is 441,176 units.
Income Level 2015-2023 RHNA Units 2023-2031 RHNA Units
Very Low (< 50% AMI)  532 2,446
Low (50-80% AMI)      442 1,408
Moderate (80-120% AMI) 584 1,416
Above Moderate (>120% AMI) 1,401 3,664
Total      2,959 8,934





An essential component of the Housing Element is to identify sufficient sites that can accommodate future housing needs across income levels. The Housing Element must also develop various approaches in order to meet those needs, such as zoning updates or new affordable housing requirements and programs.


State law requires that all jurisdictions in the Bay Area update their Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period by January 2023. In order to meet the State’s deadline, below is the planning process and timeline for each phase. Public outreach is a core component of the Housing Element Update and will inform the planning process throughout this 18-month effort.


This is a general timeline and actual timing may change.



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Thu, 12/09/2021, 6:00pm City Council Work Session #2 Agenda  Recording
Thu, 11/18/2021, 7:00pm Rent Stabilization Board    Agenda  Recording
Wed, 10/27/2021, 6:00pm Public Workshop #1 (Flyer)     Slides   Recording
Thur, 09/30/2021, 7:00pm Housing Advisory Commission   Agenda  
Mon, 09/27/2021, 7:00pm Children, Youth, & Recreation Commission   Agenda  
Wed, 09/22/2021, 5:00pm Energy Commission   Agenda  
Tue, 09/21/2021, 6:00pm City Council Work session #1   Agenda   Recording
Wed, 09/15/2021, 1:00pm Commission on Aging   Agenda  
Thur, 09/09/2021, 7:00pm Zoning Adjustments Board   Agenda  
Thur, 09/02/2021, 7:00pm Landmarks Preservation Commission Agenda    
Wed, 09/01/2021, 6:00pm Commission on Disability Agenda  
Wed, 09/01/2021, 7:00pm Homeless Services Panel of Experts Agenda  
Wed, 09/01/2021, 7:00pm Planning Commission  Agenda  







Email: HousingElement@cityofberkeley.info  



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