Planning and Community Development
Planning and community development contribute to stronger, more resilient communities throughout California. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) plays an important role in ensuring that cities and counties plan to meet the housing needs for all members within their communities while also administering a variety of community development programs.
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.
HCD 2018-19 Planning and Community Development Accomplishments
- Reviewed (and found compliant) housing plans (“housing elements”) for 502 of 539 local jurisdictions required to submit housing elements.
- Received Annual Progress Reports for 464 jurisdictions – an 86% submittal rate that surpassed the prior record for any calendar year. Developed and released guidelines for Streamlined Ministerial Approval Process. (SB 35, 2017 Housing Package)
- Developed and released guidelines, technical assistance, and applications so local governments can apply for planning grants to accelerate housing production. (SB 2, 2017 Housing Package)
- Implemented HCD’s new housing-accountability enforcement obligations, launching new webpage and posting public access to letters issued. Also issued 75 accountability/enforcement letters.
- Provided technical assistance to 43 of California’s 58 counties to help address homelessness.
- Expanded preservation efforts through outreach, data collection and pilots, and certifying qualifying entities.
- Provided expert assistance on accessory dwelling units to local governments and homeowners, responding to 1,260 requests for technical assistance, posting 240 local ADU ordinances to HCD website, and hosting informational sessions throughout California.