Housing Element 2014-2022 

In accordance with State law, California cities must have an adopted General Plan and the General Plan must contain a Housing Element. While all elements of a General Plan are reviewed and revised regularly to ensure that the plan remains current, state law requires that the Housing Element be updated every five years. State law also dictates the issues that the Housing Element must address and furthermore requires the element to be reviewed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to assure that it meets the minimum requirements established by Government Code §65580-65589.8. This process is commonly referred to as “certifying” the Housing Element. 

The major, and most controversial, requirement for the Housing Element is that it requires cities to adequately plan to meet their existing and projected housing needs including their share of the regional housing need. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) recently completed the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). As part of this process, ABAG worked with regional and local governments to develop a methodology for distributing the nine-county Bay Area's housing need (as determined by HCD) to all local governments in the region. Each city and county has received an allocation of housing units, broken down by income categories, for which it must plan for by identifying adequate sites zoned at adequate densities.

Below Market Rate (BMR) Manual

On September 20, 2016, the City Council adopted an updated version of the Policy & Procedures Manual for Administering Deed Restricted Affordable Housing Units- BMR Manual.

Housing Mitigation Manual

On June 20, 2017, the City Council adopted updated Housing Mitigation Fees for both residential and non-residential uses, effective August 18, 2017. The Housing Mitigation Manual establishes procedures to implement housing mitigation as required by the General Plan 2014-2022 Housing Element. This manual consists of two major components, Section One addressing the office and industrial mitigation and Section Two addressing residential housing mitigation. 

2015 Nexus Study 

The Residential Nexus Study documents and quantifies the linkages between new market-rate residential development in the City of Cupertino and the demand for additional affordable housing. The analysis, which demonstrates ongoing support for an affordable housing requirement, has been prepared by Keyser Marston Associates, Inc. (KMA) for the City of Cupertino.

The Non-Residential Nexus Study is the non-residential component of the City of Cupertino’s Housing Mitigation Program, which requires that commercial and industrial development pay an affordable housing impact fee, or “housing fee.” This report documents a Non-Residential Jobs-Housing Nexus Analysis, which provides legal support for establishing an affordable housing impact fee for non-residential development. The materials have been prepared by Keyser Marston Associates, Inc. (KMA) for the City of Cupertino.

Housing Element Sites 

Table HE-5: Summary of PRIORITY HOUSING ELEMENT SITES To Meet the RHNA- Scenario A

 Site  Status
Site A1 (The Hamptons) Approved (7/5/16)
Site A2 (Vallco Shopping District) Specific Plan in Progress
Site A3 (The Oaks Shopping Center) Applied for General Plan Amendment Authorization
Site A4 (Marina Plaza) Approved (9/9/16)
Site A5 (Barry Swenson) Approved (6/20/16), Building Permit Review

as of 12/19/17