Why is it important for the City to have a State Compliant Housing Element?

California law requires an update of the Housing Element every eight years in order to remain relevant and reflective of the community's changing housing needs. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) must approve the updated Housing Element.

Over the years, California has steadily increased the penalties for not having a legally compliant Housing Element, and this trend is expected to continue. A non-compliant Housing Element can affect the City negatively in the following ways:

  • More frequent Housing Element updates. When a city does not adopt its Housing Element within the established timeframe, subsequent updates must be completed on a 4-year schedule rather than an 8-year schedule. A 4-year update requirement would create an ongoing administrative and cost burden to the City.
  • Carryover of unfilled housing allocation. If the City does not demonstrate the availability of adequate sites to accommodate its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation, the shortfall is carried over and added to the RHNA for the next planning period. This creates an additional burden to the City in regard to the number/types of housing that must be planned for in the City.
  • Reduced availability of grant funds. Some state grant funds are contingent upon Housing Element certification or give priority to those jurisdictions with a certified Housing Element. Therefore, without an approved Housing Element the City could miss out on additional funding opportunities.

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1. What is the Housing Element?
2. When was Lake Elsinore’s current 2014 to 2021 Housing Element prepared?
3. What are the items that the Housing Element covers?
4. What is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) and how does it relate to the Housing Element?
5. How is the Housing Element connected to the work the City has been doing on a General Plan Update?
6. Why is it important for the City to have a State Compliant Housing Element?
7. Who prepares and certifies the Housing Element?
8. How can I get involved and provide comments and feedback on the Housing Element Update?
9. Will the Housing Element Survey results be available to the public to view?
10. If I was unable to attend the Let's Talk Housing, Lake Elsinore! Webinar, can I still view the workshop?
11. What is Measure Z?
12. How does Measure Z address current public safety needs?
13. Will Measure Z help prevent cuts in City services?
14. What are the community identified spending priorities for Measure Z?
15. What else is on the November 3rd Municipal ballot?