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Housing Element Update

Doing Our Part to Respond to California's Housing Crisis

The evidence of a housing crisis is stark: California’s median home price of over $600,000 is the highest of any state in the nation, a significant number of renters pay more than 50 percent of their income on housing, and the number of homeless on the streets in our region has risen significantly in the last few years.

The principal way that local governments are tasked with helping address this statewide problem is through planning and zoning. The guiding document for this work in Elk Grove is the Housing Element of the General Plan, and ours is due for an update. The Housing Element update process is a formal proceeding that combines the need to meet technical requirements of State law with vigorous public participation that resembles town hall gatherings. To meet increasingly stringent State requirements, Elk Grove is going to need to plan for more high-density projects than have been our tradition. But how and where we plan for those projects is up to us as a community to decide.

How You Can Help

The City wants your help creating a housing plan for the City. 

Housing Policies

To inform the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, the City of Elk Grove held a second set of online Town Hall meetings on October 7, 2020 discussing the policies and programs that will be included in the housing element. The Online Town Hall presented the policies and guiding programs that the City will continue from previous housing elements and introduce new programs developed for this update.  A recording of the meeting is available below under "For More Information."

Housing Sites

At the link below you can use the interactive tool to select sites you support being in the new plan.

Make your own housing plan

How were the sites in the tool selected?

Staff spent time looking at properties all around the City that were vacant or had minimal improvements (e.g., one house on five acres).  Other factors including access to transit, access to services (e.g., grocery stores, schools), and surrounding conditions or prior planning were also considered.

Where are the existing and candidate sites?

The tool above includes maps illustrating the locations of the existing and candidate sites.  This map is similar and includes locations of existing built multifamily housing.  The map also shows the boundaries of the four City Council Districts.  An interactive version of the map is also available

How is the distribution of multifamily housing around the City being considered in the selection of sites?

City staff has heard concerns about the potential overconcentration of affordable housing in different areas of the City.  While the final list of sites has not been selected, staff is looking at various data points, including the location of existing built multifamily housing (both market rate and income restricted) and existing sites designated for future multifamily development.  These maps illustrate the distribution of multifamily sites around the City and are one way the City is considering this question.

What happens next?

Staff will review responses and create a recommendation for the City Council.  The Council will select the final list of sites that will be included in the housing plan.

Environmental Review

The Housing Element Update requires the preparation of the Environmental Impact Report.  You can find out more here.

For More Information

The following are other materials or resources that provide background on the Housing Element.

City Town Halls on Housing

The City is hosting Town Halls on the Housing Element Update.  Recordings of the meetings are available below.

July 2020 - Project Introduction

On July 27 and 29, the City hosted online town hall meetings discussing the 2021 Housing Element Update. During these live meetings, staff presented the same information, going over: 

  • What the Housing Element is and what it does State requirements for the Housing Element
  • How we plan for households of all income levels
  • Existing and candidate multifamily housing sites
After the presentation, staff were available to answer questions about the Housing Element Update.
October 2020 - Housing Policies
On October 7, 2020, the City hosted a town hall to discuss the housing policies.  After the presentation, staff was available to answer questions.  Watch the recording.


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