Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Alameda County Housing Element Update 2023-2031

Full Second Draft of Housing Element Now Available! Ya está disponible el segundo borrador completo del Elemento Vivienda!

Planning staff are in the process of updating the Alameda County Housing Element for 2023 to 2031. The Housing Element considers current and future need for all unincorporated areas of the county. This includes the communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward Acres, and San Lorenzo in the urbanized unincorporated areas as well as Sunol, unincorporated Livermore, unincorporated Pleasanton, and unincorporated Dublin in East County.

A Housing Element is how local jurisdictions plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. At its core, a Housing Element is an opportunity to have a community conversation about how to address local housing challenges and find solutions.

The state of California requires every jurisdiction to make a new Housing Element every 8 years. The current Housing Element, for years 2015 to 2022, can be accessed here.

Housing Element Update Timeline

Below is a timeline of Housing Element work completed by the Alameda County Planning Department. To stay up to date, please join our email listserv! For questions and comments, please reach out to Planning staff at

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June 2022 Project Kickoff!
Beginning Summer 2022 CDA staff and consulting team begin work: Technical Studies, the Sites Inventory, and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Analysis (described in more detail here)
Late Summer 2022 Project overview presented to Board Unincorporated Services Committee, Castro Valley Municipal Advisory Council (MAC), Eden Area MAC, Fairview MAC, Sunol Citizen's Advisory Committee, Planning Commission, & Agricultural Advisory Committee
Fall 2022 Outreach and engagement opportunities begin. Survey results can be found here.
Winter 2022/2023 Update Presentations to MACs, Planning Commission, Unincorporated Services Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee, Board of Supervisors. For record of these presentations, scroll towards the bottom of this page.
Spring and Summer 2023 Staff and consultants work to write Housing Element
August 3, 2023 Release of Public Review Draft of the Housing Element and beginning of first comment period. Comments are available here.
August and September 2023 Meetings on Public Review of Draft Housing Element. For record of these presentations, see the middle of this page.
October 6, 2023 Submitted Draft Housing Element to California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
Note: HCD has 90 days to review the first draft of the Housing Element.
January 4, 2024 CDA staff and consultant team receive comments from the state. Staff begin revision of the first draft of the Housing Element to address HCD's comments. This includes updating the sites inventory.
March 21, 2024 Staff host an all-MAC meeting to discuss sites inventory changes. View the slides.
April 19, 2024 Staff will publish the second full draft of the Housing Element. There will be a 2 week comment period.
May 3, 2024 The comment period on the Second Housing Element Draft will close. After reviewing and responding to all comments, staff will resubmit the Second Housing Element Draft.
July 2024 After 60 day review period, receive either a letter of substantial compliance or further comments on the Housing Element Draft.

Depending on outcome of HCD review:
CDA staff and consultant team will finalize Housing Element. Planning Commission & Board of Supervisors will hold public hearings for adoption.
CDA staff and consultant team will revise the second draft of the Housing Element to address HCD's comments as needed; give public notice of second comment period on Housing Element; and submit third Housing Element draft to HCD for review.
Note: HCD has 60 days to review all subsequent drafts of the Housing Element. A subsequent review period may be needed depending on outcome of review of second draft.
Summer 2024 Bring the Housing Element, its CEQA analysis, the Housing Element Overlay and necessary rezones to the Board of Supervisors for adoption.
After Board of Supervisors approval and HCD certification Celebrate adoption of the Housing Element and continue implementation.

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