San Diego

Accessibility Tools

  • Check if your spelling is correct, or try removing filters.
  • Remove quotes around phrases to match each word individually: "blue drop" will match less than blue drop.
  • You can require or exclude terms using + and -: big +blue drop will require a match on blue while big blue -drop will exclude results that contain drop.

Update to the General Plan Housing Element

The General Plan’s Housing Element is the City of San Diego’s housing plan. The City of San Diego, 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 State estimates each County’s housing needs for all income groups for the upcoming eight years through the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Each County then determines how much housing needs to be produced for each City and the unincorporated areas of the County. RHNA is a required part of the Housing Element that establishes the City’s share of the County’s estimated housing needs for all income groups over the course of the Housing Element cycle.

The City is currently updating the Housing Element for the next eight-year planning period (2021-2029). This is the sixth update to the Housing Element, and is referred to as the 6th Cycle. For the 6th Cycle Housing Element, the City must identify enough potentially developable land zoned for residential use to meet the City’s new RHNA capacity/production target and develop policies and programs that create opportunities to increase housing production. In coordination with the San Diego Association of Governments and the State Department of Housing and Community Development, the City’s share of the RHNA for the 6th Cycle is 107,901 housing units. This goal is further broken down by income group.

Draft Housing Element for Public Review

With the input gathered from a wide-range of San Diegans, City of San Diego staff are happy to announce the release of the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element. Upon adoption, this plan will be used to guide future housing-related planning decisions through a series of implementation steps designed to meet the identified goals, objectives, and policies. Consistent with all other elements of the General Plan and its City of Villages Strategy, the Draft Housing Element aims to enhance the transportation and land use connection through an improved jobs-housing balance, more compact and walkable communities, and increased housing capacity for all household income levels. The November Draft of the General Plan Housing Element is now available for public review and can be seen at the links below.

Comments on the Draft can be submitted through Monday, December 16th 2019 to Elizabeth Dickson by email at [email protected] or in writing to 9485 Aero Drive San Diego, CA 92123. All comments on the Draft will be incorporated into an appendix of the final document.

November Draft Housing Element



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

More information on required content for Housing Elements can be found in the Building Blocks guide from the California Department of Housing and Community Development here.

Mixed Use in Uptown       MultiFamily san Diego


Sign up to receive emails on the Housing Element Update

* indicates required



You must have Javascript enabled to use this form.