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.
Click here for the January 2022 Draft Housing Element

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, September 20th at 5:00PM, the City Council and Planning Commission will hold a joint study session to review and discuss the draft Housing Element and provide comments to staff. This is an opportunity for interested community stakeholders to also provide comments on the draft document. 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.

This webpage and the interest list will continue to 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.



    Additional Housing Programs

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


    Joint Workshop (City Council/Planning Commission)

    March 8, 2021

    Community Survey

    March 2021

    Ad Hoc Meeting #1

    April 5, 2021

    Ad Hoc Meeting #2

    April 27, 2021

    Prepare public review draft of Housing Element

    April-September 2021

    Joint Workshop (City Council/Planning Commission)

    September 20, 2021

    Submit Draft Housing Element to State HCD

    September 2021

    HCD Review of Draft Housing Element

    September-November 2021

    Revise Draft Housing Element

    December 2021

    Planning Commission Public Hearing

    January 18, 2022

    City Council Public Hearing

    February 7, 2022

    Final Housing Element Submitted to HCD

    February 2022

    Staff Contact:

    Alexa Smittle, Community Development Director

    Email: asmittle@sealbeachca.gov
    Phone: 562.431.2527 x1313