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2014-2022 Housing Element

State Law requires that all California jurisdictions adopt and forward a Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by January 31, 2015. Hillsborough's last Housing Element was certified by HCD and adopted by the City Council in 2009.     

For the first time, HCD has developed a streamlined process for 2014 Housing Element Updates.  The emphasis of the streamlined approach is to focus on what has changed since the last Housing Element rather than completely updating the 2009 document.  This process is available only to communities such as Hillsborough who have certified Housing Elements.  The Town of Hillsborough was the first jurisdiction in San Mateo County to receive HCD certification for their 2009-2014 Housing Element.   

The 2014-2022 Housing Element update will build on the previous Housing Element. There are several important sections for the update:

  • Review and revise the existing Housing Element:  The first step in the update is to review the previous Housing Element to document what has been accomplished.
  • Demographic trends and housing needs:  It is important to use the most recent data available, so the demographic and housing trends section will be updated.
  • Regional Housing Needs Allocation:  A key part of every Housing Element cycle is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), which is the number and affordability levels of housing units that each jurisdiction is assigned. While there must be adequate available land to meet this demand, the jurisdiction is not responsible for building the units. The overall allocation for Hillsborough for the upcoming eight year planning period is not significantly different than last cycle (91 versus 86); however the income distribution has changed. The new distribution includes 49 lower income, 21 moderate income and 21 higher income homes/sites.
  • The Town’s allocation for the prior Housing Element cycle required planning for the creation of 34 lower income  units. The Town has successfully met lower income housing allocation requirements through the permitting of second units.  Studies have shown that second units serve as affordable, sustainable and generational living opportunities.  As of June 30, 2013, the Town permitted 91 new housing units for the 2007-2014 Housing Element cycle, 75 of which were second units.  Due to the Town's unique and essential character as a single family residential community, the Town anticipates being able to continue to meet the new RHNA allocation primarily through second unit and programmatic opportunities. 
  • Policies and programs:  Because the previous Housing Element was recently prepared, we do not expect to have significant changes to the policies or programs, but we are interested in hearing from residents about what their priorities are. 

  
Hillsborough is part of the San Mateo Countywide Housing Element collaboration project known as "21 Elements".  "21 Elements" provides opportunities for municipalities to share resources, successful strategies and best practices and will result in stronger local partnerships as well as higher quality certified Housing Elements.  Co-sponsored and coordinated by the San Mateo County Department of Housing and City/County Association of Governments, this collaborative effort brings together our twenty one unique communities to better meet our common needs to accommodate our growing and changing populations, while ensuring and enhancing the qualities that make our communities livable and unique

For additional detail on Hillsborough's sub-regional efforts please go to: http://www.21elements.com/

Since the 2014-2022 Housing Element process is projected to be streamlined compared to prior years, the Architecture and Design Review Board (ADRB) will serve as the citizen advisory committee for purposes of providing and soliciting public input on the updated Housing Element.  One of the current ADRB members has served on the last two Housing Element Steering Committees which is beneficial for history and continuity.  There will be a number of meetings and hearings about the housing element. If you have ideas or thoughts to share, please monitor this page for the latest updates by subscribing through enotify and/or contact Elizabeth Cullinan at (650) 375-7416 or ecullinan@hillsborough.net


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