The Housing Element is one of seven required Elements of the General Plan. The General Plan guides growth in the City and establishes a vision for the community. The purpose of the Housing Element is to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. Housing Elements must be updated every eight years. California is entering its “sixth housing element cycle” (October 2021-October 2029). The deadline to have a compliant Housing Element Update is October 2021.
The City of Hesperia’s Draft Housing Element is available for review and comment. The Planning Division is accepting comments from April 3, 2020 through May 18, 2020. The staff report is also available for the community meeting of April 9, 2020.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the agency responsible for tracking and determining compliance with the State Housing Law. HCD’s approval is required before a local government can adopt its housing element as part of its overall General Plan. Learn more about HCD’s requirements here.
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), which is required by state law, is a method of allocating housing units to jurisdictions throughout the State. Using State population data, HCD mandates that a certain amount of housing units be constructed within all regional planning areas throughout the State. The Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) under which Hesperia is subject to is Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). SCAG, in collaboration with HCD, calculate the number of existing and projected housing units that must be constructed within the six counties and 191 cities in Southern California. Learn more about SCAGs RHNA process here.