Public Review Draft Available

The Public Review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element is available for public review and comment. The Housing Element is required by State law to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to preserve, improve and develop housing for all economic segments of the community, and demonstrate how the City will accommodate its fair share of regional housing needs.  

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, effective March 18, 2020, all City facilities are closed to the public. Hard copies will be mailed or e-mailed upon request by contacting Jennifer Gates, Principal Planner, at 760-633-2714 or via email at [email protected] or contact the Development Services Department at 760-633-2710. Should City facilities re-open during the public review period, a copy will also available for review at the City of Encinitas Development Services Department: Encinitas Civic Center, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024. Copies will also be available at City Hall, Encinitas and Cardiff Libraries, and the Senior and Community Center during normal/modified business hours, once open to the public.

Your Comments are Important!
The City values and welcomes input from the community, housing stakeholders, and service providers on the Housing Element. All interested parties are invited to review the Draft Housing Element and provide comments in writing.  Please submit written comments to: Jennifer Gates, Principal Planner, Development Services Department, City of Encinitas, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024 or by e-mail to: [email protected].  The public comment period will close at 5 p.m. on August 19, 2020.

Future Opportunities to Receive Comments
The City’s Housing Element is under concurrent review with the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD will review the document for compliance with statutory requirements and will consider and accept public comments for a 60-day period. The public and interested parties are also encouraged to attend future public hearings to be scheduled before the Planning Commission and City Council prior to the adoption of the 6th Cycle Housing Element. All future public hearings will be duly noticed and held at the City of Encinitas Council Chambers, 505 South Vulcan Avenue, Encinitas, CA 92024.

Housing Element 2021-2029

Every eight years the State requires that each jurisdiction update their Housing Element to address future housing needs. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the agency responsible for tracking and determining compliance with the State Housing Law. HCD and SANDAG work together to determine the regional housing need and SANDAG, with input from the jurisdictions, determine the methodology for the allocation. After approval from HCD, the City is responsible for submitting an updated Housing Element that meets those needs before April 2021.

On May 22, 2019, the City issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a qualified consultant to help prepare an update to the City’s Housing Element and the associated environmental assessment, consistent with State housing law. The RFP was circulated through Planet Bids, the City’s electronic bid system.

On September 18, 2019, at a regularly scheduled meeting, the City Council approved the Agreement for Professional Consultant Services between the City of Encinitas and Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc. The 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2021-2029) is due to HCD for certification by April 15, 2021. To allow the Housing Element to be reviewed by the public and considered by the Planning Commission and City Council in a timely manner, the update process is kicking off with the first public meeting on November 18.

The City of Encinitas will have to submit a Mid-Cycle Update to reflect progress towards implementing the 6th Cycle Housing Element by April 15, 2025.

Important Things to Know

Housing Element Workshop (City of Encinitas) - On February 10, 2020 Thank you to those who were able to attend the Community Workshop on February 10. At the meeting the consultant presented on the City’s progress in preparing the 2021-2029 Housing Update (6th Cycle), the application of recent housing-related state law, and additional information relating to policies and programs proposed to be included within the 6th Cycle Housing Element. Following the presentation, the attendees were asked to participate in focused discussions on accessory dwelling units, development of housing for all income levels, governmental and non-governmental constraints, and fair housing issues and challenges.  If you were unable to attend the meeting here are the links to the presentation and the summary of community input received during the group discussions.    Presentation     Discussion Summary

Housing Element City Council and Planning Commission Study Session Presentation (City of Encinitas) - On December 11, City Council and Planning Commission received a presentation by the consultants Kimley Horn on the status of the Housing Element 6th Cycle update including the input received at the Kick-off Workshop. They also heard from the community and provided input to City staff and the consultants. If you missed the Study Session, click here to view the meeting and download the staff reports.

Housing Element Kick-off Workshop Presentation (City of Encinitas) - The City kicked off the 2021-2029 Housing Element Update on November 18 at City Hall. The consultant and staff provided information on the State’s requirements of the update process, what minor changes are expected from the recently adopted Housing Element, and the schedule for public input which has since been adjusted. If you missed the Workshop you can view it here. Additional Documents: Input Received   Questions and Answers

Housing Element Update 2021-2029 Fact Sheet (City of Encinitas) – Information on the process and why the City needs to update the Housing Element 

DRAFT 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment Methodology (SANDAG, 2019) - How number of units at different income categories is determined and passed on to cities

Regional Housing Needs Allocation and Housing Elements (HCD) – Provides the background on the State’s requirements to plan to meet the housing needs for all