Housing Element Update

The Housing Element is a mandatory element of the Seal Beach General Plan. The City's General Plan Housing Element provides an overview and guides housing programs development, emphasizing affordable and special needs housing, removal of governmental constraints to housing development, and equal access to housing. The General Plan Housing Element is required by law to be updated every 8 years.
The City is currently updating the 6th Cycle Housing Element for the years 2021-2029.

The City wants to hear from you!

Please take a few minutes to complete the Housing Element Survey. Your valuable insight into the community will assist in the preparation of this important planning document on the future of housing in Seal Beach.

Take survey here

This webpage will be continuously updated through the Housing Element Update process. Please check back frequently and email us to be added to be advised of future opportunities to help shape the City’s new Housing Element.
Your feedback is greatly appreciated!

Opportunities to Participate

The City appreciates your participation. To stay abreast of this important project, please email us to add your name to the Housing Element Update interest list and be notified of future Housing Element-related events.

On Monday, March 8th at 5:30PM, the City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint workshop to receive an introduction to the Housing Element Update process. As with other public meetings at this time, the joint workshop will be live streamed via YouTube and is available for later viewing via the City’s website.

The joint workshop is the first in a series of public meetings that will occur throughout the summer and early fall of this year. This webpage and the interest list will serve as primary means to advise the community of future meetings and opportunities to participate in the process to develop the Housing Element Update.

 

Key Information

State law requires each city to adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan for its physical development. General Plans include several “elements” that address various topics. The Housing Element is a series of policies that shape the future of housing in Seal Beach. These policies will maintain and improve the existing housing stock and expand housing opportunities for families of all economic levels and persons with special needs such as disabilities.

State law requires that the Housing Element be updated every 8 years. Housing Element planning periods are sometimes referred to as “cycles”. The City’s current Housing Element covers the planning period extending from 2013 to 2021.

  • Housing Needs Assessment: Provides demographic and housing need information
  • Constraints Analysis: Analyzes governmental and nongovernmental constraints to the development of housing
  • Evaluation of Past Performance: Assesses the City’s progress in implementing the policies and programs set forth in the prior
  • Housing Element Sites Inventory and Analysis: Identifies sites available for housing development in order to accommodate the City’s RHNA
  • Housing Resources: Identifies financial and other resources available to support housing development, especially affordable housing
  • Goals, Policies and Programs: Establishes new policies and programs and amends existing policies and programs to address the housing needs
  • Public Participation: Summarizes the efforts to involve community members as part of the Housing Element update process as well as the feedback community members provided and how that has been addressed in the Housing Element

Cities and counties are required by State law to update their housing elements every eight years. Failure to do so would result in the City losing funding for many federal, state, and regional affordable housing programs. It was last updated in 2013.

Your input will help shape the City’s housing priorities for the next eight years! For more information on how to give feedback, check back to this page for updates and sign up for the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update Interest List.

How do I find additional information?

For additional information, please view our Frequently Asked Questions document.

Documents

Links

Additional Housing Programs

The City does not manage Section 8 or other affordable housing. Contact the OC Housing Authority.

Schedule (Tentative):

Joint Workshop (City Council/Planning Commission)

March 8, 2021

Community Survey

March 2021

Prepare public review draft of Housing Element

May 2021

Submit Draft Housing Element to State HCD

June 2021

State Review of Draft Housing Element

June-July 2021

Revise Draft Housing Element

August-September 2021

Public Meeting

September 2021

Planning Commission Public Hearing

September 2021

City Council Public Hearing

October 2021

Final Housing Element Submitted to State

October 2021

Staff Contact:

Les Johnson, Community Development Director
Email: LJohnson@sealbeachca.gov
Phone: 562.431.2527 x1313