San Anselmo Housing Element Update


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: The Town has Community Information sessions & workshops planned for Summer 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.


Upcoming Housing Element Advisory Committee Meeting - on Zoom:
Monday, September 26, 2022
4:00pm - 5:30pm

Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device:
Please click this URL to join:

Or One tap mobile:
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"Raise Hand" to comment or Press *9 to "raise hand" during an item if you would like to comment by phone.

Meeting Focus:
Based on community input from the August 25, 2022 Housing Workshop and the September 1, 2022 HEAC meeting, a revised housing strategy and list of draft housing sites has been developed. The focus for the next HEAC meeting will be to discuss the revised draft housing sites, strategies, and analysis and forward a recommendation to Town Council.
Town Council will review the draft sites at their regularly scheduled meeting on October 11, 2022.   

One component of our obligation is determined by the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). The RHNA establishes the minimum number of new housing units across various income levels that the Town must encourage the development of in the next 8 years by establishing supporting policy and development regulations. 

The site suitability analysis helps the Town identify housing opportunity locations to meet the 6th cycle RHNA requirements. These sites are expected to yield the target number of housing units based on four different income levels by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

To facilitate the discussion, a GIS map viewer tool has been developed to identify the potential housing opportunity sites. Each site has also been rated for suitability.

To view the San Anselmo Suitability Viewer Tool: CLICK HERE 
For instructions on using the tool: CLICK HERE 
The site suitability analysis considers these factors: CLICK HERE

Calendar of Workshops and Meetings - 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 Video Housing Element Advisory Committee Kick-Off Meeting 
July 21, 2022  6:00pm Agenda/Zoom Housing Element Update Information Session #1
July 25, 2022  4:00pm Agenda/Zoom Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
August 25, 2022 Agenda/Zoom Housing Element Update Workshop - Session #2
September 1, 2022  4:00pm Agenda/Zoom Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting
September 26, 2022 4:00pm
Agenda Housing Element Advisory Committee meeting

Current & Historical Housing Element Resources

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

Do you need an interpreter or any other assistance in order to participate? Please call us at (415) 258-4636. We require three days’ notice in order to provide reasonable accommodation.

¿Necesitas un intérprete o cualquier otra asistencia para participar? Comunícate al (415) 258-4636. Necesitamos aviso con tres días de anticipación para proporcionar asistencia razonable.

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