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Time is running out! San Mateo County residents can still comment on housing

Time is running out! San Mateo County Residents Can Still Comment on the Housing Element
The Housing Element is a state-mandated local government plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.

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Residents have until Tuesday, April 23 to comment on the updated draft Housing Element before the Board of Supervisors vote on your adoption.

The Housing Element is a state-mandated local government plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.

In that sense, the Housing Element of the County's General Plan is tasked with identifying housing needs, resources and challenges; evaluate current housing policies; and demonstrate the County's ability to meet its regional housing share determined every eight years.

In April 2023, the California Department of Housing and Community Development sent the county's previous submission with a list of revisions, and this latest version incorporates those modifications. 

Major changes include a revised inventory of sites for residential development and redevelopment and an expanded program that commits to rezoning more sites for residential development. These changes will allow the County to meet its housing needs for the next eight years.

In turn, an expanded analysis of fair housing issues in the county and region and a series of new programs, such as the creation of a resource center for accessory dwelling units; as well as several programs aimed to evaluate housing conditions and identify strategies to improve housing on the rural south coast, including the development of housing for agricultural workers.

It should be remembered that the County Planning Commission voted in favor on April 10, 2024 to recommend that the Board of Supervisors adopt the plan at the April 23 Board meeting.

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Pamela Cruz
Pamela Cruz
Editor-in-Chief of Peninsula 360 Press. A communicologist by profession, but a journalist and writer by conviction, with more than 10 years of media experience. Specialized in medical and scientific journalism at Harvard and winner of the International Visitors Leadership Program scholarship from the U.S. government.


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