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Housing Update 2021-2029

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Adopted Housing Element

2021-2029_Housing Element_logos_White Background 3On April 7, 2021, City Council adopted the Sixth Cycle Housing Element (2021-2029). The adopted Housing Element has been submitted to HCD for their 90 day review. Below is the final version. Prior versions are below with edits visible in track changes.


April Public Review Draft

On March 11, 2021 City staff submitted a response to HCD comments for review and comment. On March 25, 2021, the City received informal verbal comments from HCD and a Notice of Violation for the Density Bonus Ordinance and a Notice of Violation for the Group Home Permit Ordinance. Staff received additional comments from HCD on April 6, 2021. Based on the comments received on April 6th and recommendation by the City's Legal Counsel Section 1 and Appendix B have been amended (red font March edits, blue font April 1st edits and green font April 6th edits) which are discussed in a Memo to Council. City Council will review the Draft Housing Element for adoption on April 7, 2021. The Agenda, staff report, and supplemental memo with more information on the proposed modifications is also available to view.


February Public Review Draft - Planning Commission Approved Draft

On February 4, 2021, the City received formal comments on the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element from HCD. These comments and possible responses were provided to City Council and Planning Commission February 16, 2021 at a Special Study Session. Planning Commission reviewed the Draft Housing Element provided below on March 4 and recommended approval to City Council with one additional objective to study the impact of non-owner occupied short-term rentals on housing supply. Below is the February Public Review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element reviewed by the Planning Commission with the draft responses in "track changes." To see prior response to comments, see prior Drafts available below.

  • Section 1: Housing Element Policy Program – contains the policy program for the Housing Element
  • Appendix A: Community Engagement Summary Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – provides a summary of community engagement activities conducted and community comments
  • Appendix B: Housing Profile Report – provides the requisite analysis of housing need, constraints and resources pursuant to housing element law
  • Appendix C: Adequate Sites Analysis Part 1 and Part 2 – provides the requisite analysis for the provision of adequate sites to accommodate the City’s RHNA need

    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.


    January Public Review Draft - Response to HCD Comments

    On January 11, 2021, the City received additional verbal comments on the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element from HCD. Staff has prepared a new Public Review Draft. Below is the Public Review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element with the draft responses in "track changes." To see prior response to comments, see prior drafts available below.

    • Letter to HCD – contains the response to HCD comments
    • Section 1: Housing Element Policy Program – contains the policy program for the Housing Element
    • Appendix A: Community Engagement Summary Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – Provides a summary of community engagement activities conducted and community comments
    • Appendix B: Housing Profile Report – provides the requisite analysis of housing need, constraints, and resources pursuant to housing element law
    • Appendix C: Adequate Sites Analysis Part 1 and Part 2 – provides the requisite analysis for the provision of adequate sites to accommodate the City’s RHNA need

      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 by April 15, 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. 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 City Council/ Planning Commission study session presentation (City of Encinitas) - On February 16, City staff presented to City Council and Planning Commission on the status of the Housing Element 6th Cycle Update and Draft Responses to HCD comments. They also heard from the community and provided input to City staff and the consultants. If you missed the study session, view the meeting and download the staff reports.

      Housing Element City Council Study Session Presentation (City of Encinitas) - On November 16, City staff presented to City Council on the status of the Housing Element 6th Cycle Update and Draft Responses to HCD comments. They also heard from the community and provided input to City staff and the consultants. If you missed the study session, view the meeting and download the staff reports.

      Housing Element Workshop (City of Encinitas) - February 10, 2020 - Thank you to those who were able to attend the Community Workshop. 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 the links are available to the presentation and the summary of community input received during the group discussions. Resumen de la discusión en español.

      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, 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 (respuesta recibidas en español) which has since been adjusted. Additional documents with questions and answers (preguntas y respuestas en español) are also available.

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

      6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment Plan (Sandag, 2020) - How number of units at different income categories is determined and passed on to cities

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


      Encinitas Affordable and Fair Housing Questionnaire II

      Thank you for providing input on the topics of Affordable Housing for all income levels and Fair Housing. The survey is now closed with over 500 responders. The results are available in Appendix A in the February Draft.


      December Public Review Draft - Response to HCD Comments

      On August 27, 2020, the City received the comments on the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element from HCD. HCD Comment Letter in response to the comments received, staff has prepared a new Public Review Draft. Below is the Public Review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element with the draft responses in "track changes."

      • Letter to HCD – contains the response to HCD comments
      • Section 1: Housing Element Policy Program – contains the policy program for the Housing Element
      • Appendix A: Community Engagement Summary Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 – provides a summary of community engagement activities conducted and community comments
      • Appendix B: Housing Profile Report – provides the requisite analysis of housing need, constraints and resources pursuant to housing element law
      • Appendix C: Adequate Sites Analysis Part 1 and Part 2 – provides the requisite analysis for the provision of adequate sites to accommodate the City’s RHNA need

      Public Review Draft - Response to HCD Initial Comments

      During HCD's 60-day review, the City received initial verbal comments from HCD. Below is the public review Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element with the draft responses in "track changes." These changes were not reviewed by Planning Commission or City Council.


      Public Review Draft June


      A Diverse Housing Portfolio for Encinitas

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