Housing Element 2007-2014


The 2007-2014 Housing Element is the chief policy document describing the City's housing needs, policies and programs. It is a State required document that provides goals, policies, and actions that help the City plan for housing needs for all segments of the City’s population. The Housing Element is required to be updated every five years and must be certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

HCD certified the City's 2007-2014 Housing Element on August 15, 2013. On July 9, 2012, the City Council reviewed the Draft 2007 Housing Element and authorized staff to forward the Draft Housing Element to HCD for their review. On October 16, 2012, HCD responded with comments to the submitted draft. Through an iterative process with HCD and the public, staff prepared revisions to the City draft based on HCD comments. On March 26, 2013, the City submitted its proposed revisions for HCD review, In a March 29, 2013 letter, HCD determined that, with the proposed revisions, the City's Draft 2007-2014 Housing Element would be in compliance with HCD requirements. Staff revised the draft Housing Element and on June 17, 2013, the City Council adopted the Revised Draft 2007-2014 Housing Element.

To review the Council adopted and HCD Certified 2007-2014 Housing Element, please click below.

To review the Drafts of the 2007-2014 Housing Element update, please click below.

HCD Correspondence

For additional information about the Housing Element and the Housing Element update process, please click on the link to Housing Element Frequently Asked Questions.

The City Planning and Transportation Committee (PTC) have conducted a number of meetings focused on the Housing Element. Below are the meeting dates. Please click on "PTC Meetings" link below and navigate to the PTC meeting date to review the PTC staff report and meeting minutes.

PTC Meetings

May 14, 2008
October 29, 2008
June 24, 2009
July 8, 2009
December 9, 2009
August 11, 2010
September 15, 2010
September 29, 2010
October 20, 2010
November 10, 2010
March 30, 2011
December 14, 2011

On July 9, 2012, the City Council reviewed and discussed the Draft Housing Element. After Council review, the City Council authorized staff to submit the City’s Draft Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development to commence the certification process. Please click below to review the City Council City Manager Report and minutes of the July 9, 2012 meeting.

Once the City received the March 29,2013 HCD letter, staff revised the 2007-2014 Draft Housing Element. The Planning and Transportation Commission reviewed the revised draft on April 10, 2013 and recommended approval to the City Council.

On June 17, 2013, the City Council considered the Revised Draft 2007-2014 Housing Element.

If you have any questions about the Housing Element or the update process, please contact Tim Wong, Senior Planner, at (650) 329-2561 or via email at tim.wong@cityofpaloalto.org.

View previous 1999-2006 Housing Element (revised with the adoption of the 2007-2014 Housing Element)

Last Updated: Oct 3, 2017