Planning and Community Development
Planning and community development contribute to stronger, more resilient communities throughout California. The California Department of Housing and Community Development plays an important role in ensuring that cities and counties plan to meet the housing needs of all members within a community. HCD also administers a variety of community development programs.
As a basic human need, housing is one of the most-important parts of any community,
and how we plan for housing has wide-reaching impacts on the environment, education,
health, and the economy.
Every person in every community shares the same basic needs — including the need for a place to live. This is why planning for housing is one of the most-important pieces of any community.
Communities are shaped and grow according to a set of planning documents. These planning documents are prepared by local governments (cities and counties) and regional planning bodies. The public also participates in the planning process by providing input at public hearings and during public comment periods.
The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) plays a key role in the process communities undergo to plan for and encourage the development of housing that meets the needs of everyone in California's communities.