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 12, 2016, the City Council adopted updated Housing Mitigation Fees for both residential and non-residential uses, effective July 1, 2016. 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.
The Annual Housing Element Progress Report is a required report on where the City is at with its programs. Pursuant to GC 65400 local governments must provide each year the annual report for the previous calendar year to the legislative body, the Office of Planning and Research (OPR), and HCD. The City of Cupertino submitted the 2016 Annual Housing Element Program Report to OPR and HCD on May 25, 2017.