• Housing Element 2007-2014

  • Housing element law, enacted in 1969, mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) estimates growth in population and housing on a 7-8 year planning cycle, and assigns that projected growth to 18 regions throughout the state. Each region is represented by a Council of Governments (COG), which is assigned the responsibility for distributing this growth to the local governments within their region. Every city and county is obligated by state law to plan for its fair share of the region’s housing needs, through a process known as the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). The RHNA process does not establish rental rates or sales prices.

    As a result, general plans are required to include Housing Elements that describe how land will be made available to accommodate projected growth. While local municipalities do not construct housing, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems which provide opportunities for - and do not unduly constrain - housing development.

    2007-2014 Housing Element

    In 2007, the State of California identified a need for 214,500 additional housing units in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area between 2007-2014. Danville’s RHNA assignment was to plan for 583 of these units, or about one-quarter of one percent of the region’s total. The accommodation of this assignment is reflected in Danville’s 2007-2014 Housing Element, adopted by the Danville Town Council on December 15, 2009.