City of Berkeley 2015-2022 Housing Element

Project Managers: Jordan Harrison, and Leslie Mendez
Phone: (510) 981-7416
Email:
 JHarrison@cityofberkeley.info; lmendez@cityofberkeley.info

The City of Berkeley Housing Element serves as the City's framework for housing goals and policies. The state-required planning document is intended to guide decisions that will facilitate the development, rehabilitation, and availability of housing in Berkeley. Berkeley adopted the 2009-2014 Housing Element in October 2010, available below.

Housing Element Update
The city is in the process of updating the element to address the planning period of January 31, 2015 to January 31, 2023, as required by state law.  The update schedule is provided below. This Housing Element update is being developed through a "streamlined" process, allowed by the state, which reduces the breadth and duration of the review process. 

The Planning Commission, Housing Advisory Commission and Homeless Commission will participate in the Housing Element review, with the Planning Commission being the lead for the process.  Public comment is welcomed during this process and written comments on the revised chapters should be provided to the Project Manager listed above.

Housing Element Update Schedule 
Documents will be published when they become available. 

Date

Event

 Subject/Documents

September 17, 2014

Planning Commission Meeting

Regional Housing Needs  Assessment (Chapter 3)

October 15, 2014

Planning Commission Meeting

Community Profile (Chapter 2)

November 5, 2014

Planning Commission Meeting

Constraints on Housing Production (Chapter 4); Housing Objectives, Policies, and Actions (Chapter 5); Programs (Chapter 6)

November 6, 2014

Housing Advisory Commission Meeting

Housing Objectives, Policies, and Actions (Chapter 5); Programs (Chapter 6)

November 12, 2014

Homeless Commission Meeting

Housing Objectives, Policies, and Actions (Chapter 5); Programs (Chapter 6)

Mid-November,  2014

Online publication of the comple updated HE 

2015-2022 Housing Element (Chapters 1-6, plus Appendices)

December 3, 2014

Planning Commission Meeting

Public Hearing on Updated 2015-2022 Housing Element

Early January, 2015

Submit Updated Housing Element to the State Dept of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

60-day HCD review of Updated 2015-2022 Housing Element

March, 2015

Address comments from HCD

HCD Comment Letter

Early May, 2015

City Council Meeting

Public Hearing on Updated 2015-2022 Housing Element


Housing Element Background

State law requires each city and county to adopt a general plan containing at least seven mandatory elements including 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 a State agency, 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.

  
Adopted 2009-2014 HOUSING ELEMENT (October 19, 2010) 

The Berkeley City Council adopted the 2009-2014 Housing Element on October 19, 2010 with resolution No. 65,076.

A copy of the Housing Element is available for review at the Planning Department Zoning Counter, 2120 Milvia Street.  Individual chapter available below: 
 

OPPORTUNITY SITE INVENTORY AND RESIDENTIAL CAPACITY ANALYSIS

As part of the 2009 Housing Element update, Berkeley is required to identify land that is suitable for enough development to allow 2,431 new residential units.  To meet this goal, city staff reviewed records on Berkeley properties to find those with potential for new residential or mixed-use construction. Information about the identified sites, the analysis methodology, and state law requirements is available through the following link:

As part of the 2009 Housing Element update, Berkeley is required to identify land that is suitable for enough development to allow 2,431 new residential units.  To meet this goal, city staff reviewed records on Berkeley properties to find those with potential for new residential or mixed-use construction. Information about the identified sites, the analysis methodology, and state law requirements is available through the following link:

http://www.cityofberkeley.info/ContentDisplay.aspx?id=37820

 


PUBLIC MEETINGS - 2009-2014 H.E. Update Process

Meeting Date

Staff Reports or
Meeting Summary

 Presentations

City Council Public Hearing
Revised Draft 2009 Housing Element
October 19, 2010
City Council Chambers


10-19-10 CC Staff Report


10-19-10 Presentation

Housing Advisory Commission Meeting
Revised Draft 2009 Housing Element
September 16, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
South Berkeley Senior Center

 

 

Planning Commission Meeting
Revised Draft 2009 Housing Element
September 15, 2010, 7:00 p.m.
North Berkeley Senior Center

9-15-10 PC Staff Report

 

Planning Commission Meeting
Revisions to the Draft 2009 Housing Element
July 14, 2010, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

 7-14-10 PC Staff Report

 7-14-10 Presentation

Planning Commission Meeting
Housing Element Update: California Office of Housing and
Community Development (HCD)
Comments on the draft 2009 Housing Element
February 24, 2010, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

 2-24-10 PC Staff Report


 (NONE)


Planning Commission Meeting
Review of Complete Draft Housing Element
November 18, 2009, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

 11-18-09 PC Staff Report

 (NONE)

Planning Commission Meeting
Review of draft Programs chapter and revised Policies chapter
September 23, 2009, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

9-23-09 PC Staff Report

(NONE)

Community Meeting, Planning Commission
Constraints on Housing
September 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

9-9-09 PC Staff Report

(NONE)

Community Meeting, Housing Advisory Commission
Revised Objectives
July 9, 2009, 7:00 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center

7-9-09 HAC Staff Report

(NONE)

Planning Commission Meeting
Community Profile and Housing Needs Assessment
Draft Objectives
July 8, 2009, 7:00 PM
North Berkeley Senior Center

7-8-09 PC Staff Report

(NONE)

Community Meeting, Planning Commission
Constraints on Housing
June 24, 2009, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

6-24-09 PC Staff Report

(NONE)

Housing Advisory Commission Meeting
Review of draft Policies chapter
June 4, 2009, 7:00 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center

 

(NONE)

Community Meeting, Planning Commission
Housing Sites Inventory &
Residential Capacity

May 27, 2009, 7:00 pm
North Berkeley Senior Center

5-27-09 PC Staff Report

5-27-09 Presentation

Community Meeting, Housing Advisory Commission
April 16, 2009, 7:00 pm
South Berkeley Senior Center

(NONE)

4-16-09 Presentation

Community Meeting
March 23, 2009, 7:00 pm

3-23-09 Comments

3-23-09 Presentation

Planning Commission Meeting
February 25, 2009, 7:00 pm

(NONE)

2-25-09 Presentation

Planning Commission Meeting
November 5, 2008, 7:00 pm

11-5-08 PC Staff Report

(NONE)

Planning Commission Meeting
September 24, 2008, 7:00 pm

9-24-08 PC Staff Report

9-24-08 Presentation



  
Negative Declaration (ND) on the 2009-2014 Berkeley Housing Element.

 2001 Housing Element
Adopted December 18, 2001 by Resolution No. 61,397
Revised October 18, 2005 by Resolution No. 63,089
  • Title and Table of Contents (PDF, 58 KB)
  • Chapters I - IV:  Introduction, Policy Background, Element Objectives, Policies and Actions (PDF, 726 KB)
  • Chapter V:  Housing Supply, Demand, and Need with attachments (PDF, 4 MB)
  • Chapter VI: Berkeley's Housing Programs (PDF, 1.15 MB)