San Anselmo Housing Element Update

Town Submits Draft Housing Element to the California HCD for Review

On January 26, 2023, Town staff sent its Draft Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to start its 90-day review.  HCD will review the Draft Housing Element for compliance with state law.

Click HERE to access the Draft Housing Element that was sent to the HCD.

Next Steps for Review and Approval

The California HCD has 90-days to review and make comments on the Draft Housing Element.  If the Draft Housing Element complies with state law in the judgement of the HCD, the HCD will send the Town a comment letter stating that the Draft Housing Element is in substantial conformance with the housing law.

If the HCD requires changes to the Draft Housing Element,Town staff will meet with HCD staff to discuss how to move the Draft forward.The Town will work towards addressing the comments from the State. The Town will also reconvene the Housing Element Advisory Committee (HEAC) and the Planning Commission to publicly review the HCD comments and proposed revisions to the Draft Housing Element.

After the HEAC and Planning Commission finalize their review, the Town Council will conduct a public hearing for consideration of formal adoption of the Housing Element.  That consideration is expected to occur in May 2023.

Housing Element Postcard

Housing Element to include recent State Housing Legislation

Since the adoption of the last Housing Element in 2015, new CA Housing Legislation has been passed to remove barriers and streamline housing. In response to the housing legislation, the Town is tasked with developing a policy document that addresses the state’s legislative requirement and the Draft Housing Element will be include policies, programs, and actions in response to the legislation. To view a table that summarizes recent legislation that will be addressed in the Town’s Housing Element, please click: HERE

Public Review Draft of the Housing Element released December 12, 2022.

The Town of San Anselmo released the Public Review Draft of the Housing Element. The document was available for public comment over the 30-day period beginning December 12, 2022 and ending on January 10, 2023.

The Public Review Draft can be accessed here and a copy of the Draft is available at the San Anselmo Library located at 110 Tunstead Avenue.

The 30-day Public Comment Period is an important step in the Housing Element Update process as it provides an opportunity for members of the community to review how the Town is planning to meet the State’s mandate for 833 new housing units over the next 8 years.    

  1. Heidi Scoble

    Planning Director
    Phone: (415) 258-4636


The Housing Element is a part of the General Plan for the Town that assesses housing needs and lays out policies for addressing those needs. The Town is currently engaged in the process of updating this important document for the period of 2023–2031 and needs to plan for over 800 new housing units. The updated Housing Element must be adopted by Town Council no later than January 2023 or the Town could lose eligibility for significant sources of funding currently provided by the State

We encourage our community members to learn about and become engaged in the discussions about housing in our Town. It is an important opportunity to join with fellow community members in influencing the future of your Town. We hope you will find these pages useful in gaining a better understanding of the Town's housing needs, the process to update the Housing Element, and ways to engage in the discussions regarding housing policies for San Anselmo.

Below are quick links to learn about the status of the Town’s Housing Element update process. Additionally, background information and a discussion of what a Housing Element is can be reviewed to gain an understanding of the topics. The Town will continue to add information to these webpages as reports are released for review by the Housing Element Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, and Town Council.  

Join the Conversation!

We want to hear from you! 

The Town of San Anselmo invites you to share your input on San Anselmo’s housing challenges and opportunities by either joining us at an upcoming meeting or via email at 

 Get Involved & stay updated: 

  • Sign up for the Housing Element Update list to receive email updates & news. Here is the latest: email update

  • Attend: meetings and information tables & workshops planned for Summer & Fall 2022. 
  • Participate: in upcoming surveys & review and comment on the draft Housing Element when it is released. You can also share your input via email at

  • Share: spread the word - encourage your San Anselmo friends and neighbors to get involved too. 

The Housing Element update process is an opportunity for San Anselmo to have a conversation about housing.

Current & Historical Housing Element Resources

To discover more detailed information and resources available regarding the Housing Element, please click HERE

Calendar of Workshops, Meetings & Milestones - all meetings are virtual, unless otherwise stated

Date Link to Agenda/Video Meeting Information
January 25, 2022 7:00 pm. Town Council Town Council Meeting Agenda- Refer to Agenda Item No. 19- Housing Element Update and Overview Presentation 
May 10, 2022  7:00pm. Town Council Town Council Meeting Agenda- Refer to Agenda Item No. 3- Approval of Housing Element Consultant
June 14, 2022  7:00pm Town Council Town Council Meeting Agenda- Refer to Agenda Item No. 4- Establish the Housing Element Advisory Committee 
June 28, 2022  7:00pm Town Council Town Council Meeting Agenda- Refer to Agenda Item No. 1.7- Confirm Appointments to Housing Element Advisory Committee 
July 11, 2022  4:00pm Housing Element Advisory Committee Kick-Off Meeting 
July 21, 2022  6:00pm Agenda Housing Element Update Information Session #1
July 25, 2022  4:00pm Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
August 25, 2022 Agenda Housing Element Update Workshop - Session #2
September 1, 2022  4:00pm Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
September 26, 2022 4:00pm
Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
October 11, 2022 7:00pm
Presentation to Town Council
October 14, 2022 5:30pm
  Community Pop-up on San Anselmo Avenue at Live on the Avenue (dot survey and questions answered)
October 28, 2022  5:00pm
  Community Pop-up on San Anselmo Avenue at Goblins' Spooktacular (dot survey & questions answered)
November 3, 2022 4:00 pm
Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
December 12, 2022 CLICK HERE
Public Release and Notice of Draft Housing Element (30-day public review period)
December 15, 2022  4:00 pm
Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
December 19, 2022 Agenda Planning Commission public meeting to review Draft Housing Element, Zoom link is:
January 10, 2023  7:00 pm
Agenda Town Council meeting to review Draft Housing Element
January 17, 2023 4:00pm
Meeting Cancelled
Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
January 26,2022
  Town Submits Draft Housing Element to the California HCD for Review

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