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)



  • Recipient of California APA’s “Award of Merit for the Hard-Won Victories.”
  • Recipient of the American Planning Association 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 4/27/2016
  • 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 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 their respective communities, each jurisdiction must consider the unique circumstances of its communities and develop appropriate strategies to address their unique needs.