Public Lands for Affordable Housing Development

One of the challenges in building new affordable homes is acquiring land suitable for housing. In 2019, Governor Newsom took several actions to make state and local public lands available for affordable housing development including:

  • An executive order to make excess state land available for affordable housing (Executive Order N-06-19)
  • Connecting affordable housing developers to local surplus land and strengthening enforcement of the Surplus Lands Act (AB 1486, Ting, 2019)
  • Requiring cities and counties to inventory and report surplus and excess local public lands to include in a statewide inventory (AB 1255, Robert Rivas, 2019)

View Surplus Lands Act Assembly Bill (AB) 1486 Questions and Answers (Q&A) (PDF)

New! Draft Surplus Land Act Guidelines for Public Comment (PDF)

New! HCD’s Webinar on the Draft Guidelines (YouTube)

Excess State Land for Affordable Housing

On January 15, 2019, California Governor Gavin Newsom signed Executive Order N-06-19 that ordered the California Department of General Services (DGS) and the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to identify and prioritize excess state-owned property and aggressively pursue sustainable, innovative, cost-effective housing projects. Learn more .

Surplus Local Land for Affordable Housing

Assembly Bill 1486 (Ting, 2019) aims to connect developers who are interested in building more affordable homes to surplus local public land that is both available and suitable for housing development.

Beginning, January 1, 2020, local agencies (cities, counties, and special districts) must send notices about available, surplus local public land to all of the following:

  • HCD
  • Any local public entity within the jurisdiction where the surplus local land is located
  • Developers who have notified HCD of their interest in developing affordable housing on surplus local land

1). If you are a local agency (city, county, or special district)

Send notices about available, surplus local public land by:



U.S. postal mail:

Deputy Director
Department of Housing and Community Development Division of Housing Policy Development
2020 W. El Camino Avenue, Suite 500 Sacramento, CA 95833

View list of notices received (XLS) (Updated: 1/14/2021)

Map of Notices Received As of 1/14/2021 by Senate and Assembly District:

2). If you are a developer interested in purchasing or leasing surplus local land for affordable housing development

Notify HCD of your interest in receiving notices about surplus local public land — Complete HCD's Developer Interest - Local Agency Surplus Land survey .

View list of developers (XLS) that have notified HCD of their interest in surplus local public lands (Updated: 01/11/2020).

HCD has verified that the first twenty-four entities on this list have been certified by CalHFA as “housing sponsors” as defined by Health and Safety Code section 50074. (Gov't Code § 54222(a)(1).) HCD has also verified that none of the entities on this list are currently in the process of being certified as “housing sponsors” by CalHFA.

Coming in 2021 — Local Surplus/Excess Land Inventories

By April 1, 2021, every California city and county will be required to have a central inventory of surplus and excess land and must report to HCD on each parcel. HCD, in turn, will provide the information to DGS to include in a statewide inventory. This is in accordance with Assembly Bill 1255 (Robert Rivas, 2019).