Award-Winning and Exemplary Housing Elements

The following housing elements represent a number of best practices in addressing housing and community development needs.

Housing-Element Jurisdiction Type of Jurisdiction Review Date Key Features
City of El Cajon (PDF) Metropolitan 9/9/2013
  • Recipient of California American Planning Association (APA) “Award of Merit for the Hard-Won Victories.”
  • Recipient of the APA San Diego Chapter’s 2014 award for “Best Comprehensive Plan-Small Jurisdiction.”
City of West Hollywood (PDF) Metropolitan 1/14/2014
  • Format and presentation clear and accessible to the public.
  • Excellent public-participation activities.
City of Pasadena (PDF) Metropolitan 2/24/2014
Stanislaus County (PDF) County 11/2013
  • Regional tools
City of La Mesa (PDF) Metropolitan 7/29/2012
  • Includes SB 812 analysis.
City of Eastvale (PDF) Metropolitan 7/10/2012
  • First housing element for a newly incorporated city.
City of Concord (PDF) Metropolitan 1/10/2011
  • Sites inventory demonstrates non-vacant sites’ residential potential.
  • Program to adopt minimum densities to increase site capacity
  • Describes potential for small-lot consolidation and residential development.
  • Provides incentives for residential-only development in commercial and mixed-use zoning districts.
City of San Fernando (PDF) Suburban city 1/13/2010
  • Sites inventory clearly demonstrates how regional housing needs allocation is accommodated.
  • Provides thorough analysis of non-vacant sites.
  • Detailed housing needs section relates demographics to areas within the city to percentage of low-income residents to help the city target programs.
  • Model public participation program to meet SB2 requirements
San Luis Obispo County(PDF) County 6/12/2009
  • Format and presentation clear and accessible to the public.
  • Sites inventory clearly demonstrates how the county is accommodating the regional housing needs allocation.
  • Includes exemplary program actions to mitigate constraints.
City of Clearlake (PDF) Incorporated city within a nonmetropolitan county 4/9/2015
  • Addresses rural issues with exemplary analysis and site identification.

Please note:  While the analyses, strategies, and programs in these housing elements are appropriate for the circumstances in each of its respective communities, each jurisdiction must consider the unique circumstances of its communities and develop appropriate strategies to address its unique needs.