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What is the Housing Element?

The housing element is one of seven required elements of the general plan. However, it has several unique requirements that set it apart from the other six elements. State law  (Government Code Section 65580 (et seq.)) specifies in detail the topics that the housing element must address and sets a schedule for regular updates. State law requires each local government to update its housing element every 8 years.  The housing element is also the only element reviewed and certified by the State for compliance with State law.  The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the State department responsible for this certification.

Each jurisdiction in California is required to plan for its fair share of the region’s housing need.  This fair share is determined through a process called the Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA).  HCD identifies the total housing need for each region of the State. Regional Councils of Government (e.g., SACOG) are responsible for distributing this need to local governments in the region.  Once a local government has received its RHNA, it must revise its housing element to show how it plans to accommodate its portion of the region’s housing need. The SACOG Board adopted the 2013-2021 Regional Housing Needs Plan on September 20, 2012.

The purpose of the housing element is to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to preserve, improve, and develop housing for all economic segments of the community. The Housing Element consists of two parts: the Background Report and the Policy Document.  The Background Report identifies the nature and extent of the city’s housing needs, which in turn provides the basis for the City’s response to those needs in the Policy Document.

The City is adopted the 2013-2021 Housing Element on October 22, 2013.

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Adopted Housing Element (10/22/2013)

The Adopted Housing Element is now available.

You can download a copy of the Adopted Housing Element here.


Housing Element Update Community/Stakeholder Workshop

Tuesday, March 19, 2013  |  10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Folsom Public Library 
411 Stafford Street, Folsom, CA

On Tuesday March 19, 2013, the City of Folsom invited the community and local stakeholders to participate in a workshop. The purpose of the workshop was to provide an overview of the Housing Element Update process and solicit input on policy approaches to address the housing challenges facing Folsom. Participants were asked to share their thoughts on the following questions:

  • What are the major housing issues that should be addressed in the Housing Element?
  • What are the barriers to affordable housing in Folsom?
  • What can be done to address these issues and barriers?

If you were unable to attend the workshop, you can view a copy of the presentation here.