• 2014-2022 Housing Element

  • What is a Housing Element?

    The Housing Element is one of seven State-mandated elements of the Town’s General Plan. Enacted in 1969, housing element law mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. Therefore, the Danville Housing Element is required to contain policies and programs that encourage housing development for a variety of affordability levels by providing an adequate number of housing sites zoned at appropriate densities to accommodate the projected housing needs and affordability levels established by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for each region. Danville’s current 2007-2014 Housing Element was adopted by the Town Council on December 15, 2009.

  • Why update the Housing Element?

    State law also requires that the Housing Element be updated on an eight-year basis. The next eight-year Housing Element planning cycle is 2014-2022. During each planning cycle, each municipality must (among other things) demonstrate the ability to accommodate its “fair share” of the region’s housing needs.

    For the next planning cycle, HCD has determined the housing need for the Bay Area region within the next eight years to be 187,990 new housing units. The Council of Governments (COG) for the Bay Area allocates this housing need among the cities and counties within the region through the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) process. Danville’s “fair share” for this cycle is 557 units, which is lower than the prior planning cycle, and is distributed among the affordability levels shown below.


    It is important to note that State law does not require local governments to build new housing. A municipality must only provide adequate housing sites zoned at appropriate densities to accommodate the affordability levels shown above. The private market determines if any housing is actually built. 

    For this planning cycle, the Town has sufficient acreage of appropriately zoned sites to accommodate all units among the state-mandated affordability levels. Therefore, no new sites are required to be re-designated or rezoned as a part of the 2014-2022 Housing Element update.

  • Housing Element Update Schedule

    November 10, 2014


    Release of Draft Danville 2014-2022 Housing Element, Initial Study and Negative Declaration of Environmental Significance for a 30-Day Public Review Period

    December 10, 2014


    Close of 30-Day Public Review Period

    December 17, 2014


    Planning Commission Public Hearing: Review Draft Housing Element, consider and take public input, and provide direction to staff on submission to HCD

    December 2014


    Submit Draft Housing Element to HCD

    Winter 2015


    Receipt of comments from HCD

    Winter – Spring 2015


    Incorporated HCD comments into Draft Housing Element

    April 7, 2015


    Town Council Public Hearing:  Review and consider Draft Housing Element, consider and take public input, and adopt final Danville 2014-2022 Housing Element - Town Council passed resolution approving update to the 2014-2022 Housing Element.