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Update to the General Plan Housing Element

Image of the Cover of the City of San Diego General Plan Housing Element for 2021 to 2029The General Plan’s Housing Element is the City of San Diego’s housing plan. The City, along with all California cities and counties, is required to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community, and to update its plan every eight years. The foundation for the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), in which the State estimates each region’s housing needs for all income groups for the upcoming eight years. Each region (for San Diego, the region is all of San Diego County) then determines how much of the region's total housing needs to be produced for each city and county in the region. The City of San Diego's portion of the County's RHNA target for the 2021-2029 Housing Element period is 108,036 homes. This goal is further broken down by income group.

The 2021-2029 Housing Element is the sixth update to the Housing Element, and is also referred to as the 6th Cycle Housing Element. In the Housing Element, the City must identify enough potentially developable land zoned for residential use to meet the City’s new RHNA housing capacity/production target and must provide goals, objectives, policies, and programs to meet the housing needs of San Diego's citizens.

Adopted Housing Element - Pending State Certification

On June 16th, 2020, the San Diego City Council adopted the 2021-2029 Housing Element with minor changes. The City must now submit the adopted Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for certification of compliance with State law.

The adopted Housing Element can be accessed through the links below. Important content is found in both the main body of the Housing Element and in its appendices.

2021-2029 Housing Element - Adopted June 16th, 2020

Housing Element Appendices


Learn more about the City's housing needs and the Housing Element Update by watching the brief video below.


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