Project Updates

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.

If you missed the Workshop you can view it here and still provide your feedback on this form and email back to the staff contact Jennifer Gates. Click here for a copy of the presentation.


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 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