Albert Lopez
Planning Director

Alameda County Housing Element Update 2023-2031

The Public Review Draft is Now Available!


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Elemento de Vivienda

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The Alameda County Community Development Agency plans for the Unincorporated Areas of the County, outside of the cities. The County's Housing Element mainly focuses on the urban West County unincorporated communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward Acres, and San Lorenzo.

Unincorporated Alameda County includes a diverse array of existing housing and future housing need! Over the next 1.5 years, Alameda County CDA looks forward to engaging and working with the communities affected by this plan.

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.

This is an aerial map of Urban Unincorporated Alameda County. Satellite imagery is the background of the map, showing the East Bay Hills to the east and San Francisco Bay to the west. In the center of the map are the communities of Ashland, Castro Valley, Cherryland, Fairview, Hayward Acres, and San Lorenzo. Each is highlighted a different color to distinguish them from the rest of Alameda County.

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 2023-2031 Timeline

The Housing Element Process began in June 2022 and is expected to be completed by the beginning of 2024. Below is a more detailed timeline of the process.

After Board of Supervisors approval and HCD certification Celebrate adoption of the Housing Element and begin implementation.
Fall/Winter 2023 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 first draft of the Housing Element to address HCD's comments as needed; give public notice of second comment period on Housing Element; and submit second Housing Element draft to HCD for review.
Note: HCD has 60 days to review the second draft of the Housing Element. A subsequent review period may be needed depending on outcome of review of second draft.
October 2023 Submit 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.
August and
September 2023
Meetings on Public Review of Draft Housing Element
August 3, 2023 Release of Public Review Draft of the Housing Element
Spring and Summer 2023 Staff and consultants work to write Housing Element.
Winter 2022/2023 Update Presentations to MACs, Planning Commission, Unincorporated Services Committee, Agricultural Advisory Committee, Board of Supervisors (See Engagement Tab)
Fall 2022 Outreach and engagement opportunities begin.
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
Beginning Summer 2022 CDA staff and consulting team begin work:
Technical Studies
Sites Inventory
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Analysis (described in more detail in the 'What is a Housing Element' tab)
June 2022 Project Kickoff!

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