San Anselmo Housing Element Update

The California Department of Housing & Community Development
Acknowledges Receipt of the
 Draft Housing Element 

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) has acknowledged the Town's submittal of the Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element. It was sent to the HCD on January 26, 2023.  

Over the next 90-days, the HCD staff will review the Draft Housing Element for compliance with state law.  During the review period, Town staff will periodically meet with the HCD staff to answer questions and provide additional information if necessary. During this time, the Planning Department will also be working with the Town’s Housing Element consultant to update the General Plan Land Use Designation and Zoning Maps to reflect the proposed zoning changes introduced in the Draft Housing Element.  The Planning Department will also identify any corresponding Zoning Code amendments, such as modified land uses and changes to development standards, as also outlined in the Draft Housing Element’s Policies, Programs, and Actions (See Section 8 of the Draft Housing Element). The maps and Zoning Code modifications would be considered by the Town Council concurrently with the Housing Element adoption.

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

Next Steps for Review and Approval

What happens after the 90-day review? 
If the Draft Housing Element complies with state law in the judgement of the HCD, HCD will send the Town a comment letter stating that the Draft Housing Element is in substantial conformance with the housing law. The Town will then schedule a public hearing with the Town Council for the formal adoption of the Housing Element, which includes the corresponding environmental analysis pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  This consideration would be expected to occur in late April 2023.   

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 then 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. This consideration is expected to occur in May 2023.

Revised Public Review Draft Released on May 25, 2023

The revised Draft Housing Element (2nd Draft) can be accessed here. You can review the redline version of the revised Housing Element here. The first draft of the Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on January 26, 2023. The Town received comments from HCD on April 26, 2023. 

With input from the Planning Commission and Housing Element Advisory Committee (HEAC), and concurrence from the Town Council on the new and/or amended policies, programs, and actions contained in Section 8, the revised draft Housing Element dated May 26, 2023, addresses HCD’s comments. A summary of the comments and responses can be accessed here.

As required by the HCD, the Town anticipates submitting the revised draft Housing Element to HCD on June 2, 2023 (seven days after the release of the revised draft). During the seven-day public review, the HEAC will conduct a hybrid in-person and virtual Zoom Special Meeting on May 31, 2023 at 4:00PM in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers receive a presentation on the analysis related to the qualitative and quantitative nonpolicy aspects of the revised Draft Housing Element.

The public is invited to provide comments on the revised draft Housing Element. Please send email comments to hscoble@townofsananselmo.org or via mail to the San Anselmo Planning Department at 525 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

The California Department of Housing  Provided a Response to the Draft Housing Element on April 26, 2023

On April 26, 2023, the HCD provided a response to the Draft Housing Element.  Click HERE to review the HCD response letter to the Draft Housing Element.

The Planning Department and the Town's consultant will work towards preparing a response to the HCD and revise the Draft Housing Element. Prior to sending the Draft Housing Element for another review (60-days), the Planning Department will bring the revised draft to a public meeting with the Housing Element Advisory Committee and the Planning Commission to review the revised draft.




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

Background:

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 heac@townofsananselmo.org 

 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 hscoble@townofsananselmo.org.

  • 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 
Video
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: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85423574876
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
Draft Housing Element Town Submits Draft Housing Element to the California HCD for Review, HCD acknowledges receipt.
April 26, 2023 Comment Letter Town receives comment letter from HCD.
May 15, 2023 Agenda Special Planning Commission and Housing Element Advisory Committee
May 31, 2023
4:00pm
Agenda 
Video
Special Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
June 3, 2023   Town Submits Revised Draft Housing Element to the HCD

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