Consequences of non-compliance with the housing element | guest perspectives






Jeremy Levin


Most cities in San Mateo County are unnecessarily risking their local governments on land use issues because their leaders do not understand the requirements of the state housing planning law.

Every city in the Bay Area is updating its Housing Element, a local plan to create new housing available to households of all income brackets over the next eight years. Residential elements have been part of California law since the 1960s, but new state laws have increased the consequences of non-compliance for local governments and increased enforcement by the Department of Housing and Community Development.

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