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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. 

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Wed, 10/27/2021, 6:00pm Public Workshop #1
Flyer: English  | Spanish
Meeting ID: 819 1435 2145
Dial-In: (699) 900-6833
Thu, 10/28 to Sun, 11/14 Citywide Public Survey www.surveymonkey.com/r/berkeleyhousing






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.

  • Berkeley’s RHNA for the 2015-2023 period is 2,959 residential units.
  • Currently, Berkeley’s draft RHNA is 8,934 residential units. The final target RHNA will be issued by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) in December 2021.

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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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  
Thur, 09/02/2021, 7:00pm Landmarks Preservation Commission  Agenda  
Thur, 09/09/2021, 7:00pm      Zoning Adjustments Board Agenda  
Wed, 09/15/2021, 1:00pm Commission on Aging      Agenda  
Tue, 09/21/2021, 6:00pm City Council Work session  Agenda Recording
Wed, 09/22/2021, 5:00pm Energy Commission Agenda  
Mon, 09/27/2021, 7:00pm Children, Youth, & Recreation Commission   Agenda  
Thur, 09/30/2021, 7:00pm Housing Advisory Commission Agenda  








Email: HousingElement@cityofberkeley.info  



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