Housing Element

Community Development Agency

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Marin County, like other communities in California, is initiating a planning process under State law to identify how to meet our housing needs at all income levels. This process involves updating the County’s Housing Element, which is a required component of the Countywide Plan (the County’s general plan). The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) dictates that among the seven mandatory elements of a general plan, one element must address local housing needs.

According to State housing element legislation, all local governments must adopt land use plans and regulations that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. Because housing availability is a critical issue with statewide implications, and most housing decisions occur at the local level, State law requires housing elements to be updated on a regular cycle (the timeframe for the next Housing Element includes planning periods 2022-2030). The State also mandates that housing elements, unlike other elements of the general plan, be reviewed and certified by the State.

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Apply to be in the next Housing Element Stakeholder Group!

The Marin County Community Development Agency (CDA) is seeking applications from those that live or work in Unincorporated Marin County to participate in the 2022-2030 Housing Element Stakeholder Group. The purpose of this stakeholder group is to engage community members and technical experts at all stages of the Housing Element process. The Board of Supervisors and County staff will consider the group's recommendations for components of the Housing Element. 

➯ Process: Please answer the application questions and return to Jillian Nameth Zeiger at jzeiger@marincounty.org, or mail it to County of Marin, Community Development Agency, 3501 Civic Center Drive, Suite 308, San Rafael, CA 94903 ATTN: Leelee Thomas. The deadline to apply is no later than 5:00 PM on November 30, 2020. If you have any questions, please contact Jillian Nameth Zeiger at jzeiger@marincounty.org or at (415) 473-7549. 

The expected time commitment for committee members would be attendance at monthly or bi-monthly meetings from January 2021 – December 2021. Please consider your ability to attend the majority of meetings prior to submitting an application.

➯ Application: English, Español

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If you need this application available in another language, please contact Staff at (415) 473-7309 or housingelement@marincounty.org.

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Annual Progress Report: The 2019 Annual Progress Report was presented to the Board of Supervisors on March 31, 2020 (Board Packet). State housing law requires California cities and counties to submit an annual Housing Element report to the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and Office of Planning and Research (OPR) by April 1 of each year. The Annual Progress Report complies with this requirement by providing data on the County's progress on achieving implementation of housing programs as defined in the 2015-2023 Housing Element. The submission of the Annual Progress Report to the Board of Supervisors does not represent an opportunity to consider revisions to the Housing Element.

2015-2023 Housing Element:  The Board-adopted 2015-2023 Housing Element was certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) per their letter dated March 20, 2015. To stay up to date on the latest Housing Element news, sign up for email updates here.

2024-2032 Housing Element: On Tuesday October 6, 2020, the Marin County Board of Supervisors approved the 2024-2032 Housing Element Work Plan. Staff will be engaging the community in the months to come for input regarding unincorporated Marins' upcoming Housing Element (Board Packet / Presentation).