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City of Santa Maria, California, Housing Element Update, Planning Division

The Community Development Department is preparing the next update to the Housing Element of the City of Santa Maria General Plan. Regular updates to the Housing Element ensure that the residents and decision makers have an accurate depiction of the community’s housing conditions, inventory, and affordable housing needs, and that the City policies and programs function to provide adequate housing opportunities for all segments of the population.

The City Council last adopted an update to the Housing Element in 2010. The adopted Housing Element is available for review on the Community Development Department website and at the Community Development Department offices located at 110 South Pine Street, Room No. 101.

The focus of the Housing Element update:
In addition to revising the Housing Element to reflect changes in demographics since the last adoption, the Community Development Department update efforts will focus on the following:

Regional Housing Needs Allocation:
The City’s 2014-2022 Regional Housing Needs Allocation (commonly referred to as “RHNA”) is for 4,102 residential units at various levels of affordability. The RHNA target allocated to the City is not the number of residential units that the City must build; the City Housing Element need only document that there is a sufficient amount of appropriately zoned land available to accommodate the number of units allocated.

Housing Programs and Objectives:
The Housing Element currently contains 19 programs to address affordable housing needs. The Community Development Department will review and update these housing programs and objectives based on new demographic data and input from the public collected during the Housing Element update process.

Public Involvement:
The Community Development Department will be seeking ways to improve the Housing Element’s programs, goals, and objectives by collecting input from the public and stakeholders. All are welcome to participate and provide input at any time in the Housing Element update process.

In collaboration with the City Attorney’s Office Code Compliance Division, and the Department of Administrative Services’ Special Projects Division, open public meetings will be taking place in spring and summer of this year. We are interested in your ideas on ways to improve housing and affordability within the Santa Maria community. Please see the “More Information” section below for opportunities to provide your comments.

Schedule and Information
State law requires the City Council adopt the update to the Housing Element by February 15, 2015. Prior to adoption, the City Council will approve a draft of the Element for the review by the State Department of Housing and Community Development. The Community Development Department anticipates presenting the draft 2015 – 2023 Housing Element to the Planning Commission and City Council during the summer and fall of 2014.

Check back on this page for recent and upcoming activities and information regarding the Housing Element update, including notices for upcoming Public Meetings.


The City Planning Commission will host a study session on Thursday, September 18, 2014, regarding the Housing Element Update. Planning Division staff will present information regarding the new data sources that will be used to update the Element.

No decisions will be made at this meeting, but public comments will be encouraged, including those regarding the presentation of demographic information in the Housing Element.

The Planning Commission study session will be held between 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. in the Community Development Department Conference Room at 110 South Pine Street, #101.

To provide your input on the Housing Element update, or to be added to the Housing Element update mailing list, please contact:

  Frank Albro, Housing Element Update Project Manager
Community Development Department, Planning Division
110 S. Pine Street, No. 101
Santa Maria, CA 93458
(805) 925-0951, ext. 379


The City’s current adopted Housing Element is available for review on the Community Development Department’s website.

Information regarding State housing laws, policies, and requirements regarding Housing Elements, please see the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Division of Housing Policy Development page.

The adopted Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) plan is available for review on the Santa Barbara County Association of Governments website.

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