Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element
Fresno County and 12 of the 15 cities in Fresno County are launching a Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element for the fifth round of housing element updates. Fresno COG is helping to coordinate the effort and this webpage will be the information center for the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element. As the project progresses, this webpage will be updated with milestone documents and meeting announcements.
The primary objective of the project is to prepare a regional plan for addressing housing needs through a single certified housing element for all 13 jurisdictions. The Fresno County Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element represents an innovate approach to meeting State Housing Element law and coordinating resources to address the region’s housing needs. The regional housing element approach, while tested in a few counties at much narrower scales, will be a major undertaking for Fresno COG and the 13 jurisdictions.
The following jurisdictions are participating in the effort: Fresno County, Clovis, Coalinga, Fowler, Huron, Kerman, Kingsburg, Mendota, Parlier, Reedley, San Joaquin, Sanger, and Selma.
What is a Housing Element?
The housing element is one of seven required elements of the general plan. However, it has several unique requirements that set it apart from the other six elements. State law (Government Code Section 65580 (et seq.)) specifies in detail the topics that the housing element must address and sets a schedule for regular updates. State law requires each local government to update its housing element every eight years. The housing element is also the only element reviewed and certified by the State for compliance with State law. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the State department responsible for this certification.
The Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element will cover the planning period of December 31, 2015, through December 31, 2023, and must be adopted and submitted to HCD for certification by December 31, 2015.
For questions please contact Clark Thompson at 559-233-4148 ext. 203 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Below is a chart detailing the various Planning Commission and City Council/Board of Supervisor review/adoption dates for each agency involved in the Multi-Jurisdictional Housing Element.
|Planning Commission||City Council / Board of Supervisors|
Final ADOPTED Housing Elements
Final DRAFT Housing Elements
HCD Conditional Approval Letters
Draft Initial Study / Negative Declarations
Public Review Draft Housing Element - May 2015:
HCD Pre-Approved Data Package -- Microsoft Excel file
Stakeholder Meetings -- Stakeholder Workshops-March 4, 2015 in Kerman and Selma