The Housing Element is one of the
required elements of the General Plan. It will identify policy direction
to meet the housing needs of the City, both by preserving existing
homes and by clarifying priorities for new construction. The plan will
include an overview of housing policies and programs and will identify
locations that can accommodate future housing.
The Housing Element was last updated in 2015 and is now being updated with public input to reflect the recent housing opportunities, challenges, and approaches that have emerged in the Oakland community, as well as to comply with new state laws.
For more information, please review the Housing Element FAQ.
On Tuesday, November 29, 2022, the City of Oakland released the 2023-2031 Housing Element Public Hearing Draft. The City revised the Housing Element in response to ongoing community feedback and to fulfill requirements for compliance with state law.
The Public Hearing Draft includes several new components: an executive summary; a substantially updated Chapter 4: Housing Action Plan; Appendix J: Proposed Rezoning Changes; 4. Appendix K: City of Oakland Response to the Findings Letter from State HCD, dated 9/28/22; Appendix L: Response to Public Comments; and more.
The Housing Element Public Hearing Draft was also shared with State Housing and Community Development (State HCD) department on November 29, 2022. Pursuant to AB 215, the Housing Element Public Hearing Draft was formally submitted to State HCD on December 7, 2022, after the seven-day public review period (Nov. 30 to Dec. 6).
After the seven-day public review period, the Housing Element Public Hearing Draft was available for public comment and feedback until December 29, 2022. Comment letters received after December 6, 2022, were forwarded to State HCD at the time the comments are received. A total of 54 comment letters and emails were received between November 29, 2022 - December 29, 2022, and will be included as a supplemental document to the agenda reports for the Planning Commission and City Council public hearings beginning in January 2023.
There are several ways to comment on the 2023-2031 Housing Element before it is adopted by City Council in early 2023:
- Email feedback to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Participate in community events posted on our website.
- Attend upcoming public hearings on the Housing Element, beginning in January 2023.
- Planning Commission – Jan. 11, 2023 at 3 pm
- Community and Economic Development Committee – Jan. 24, 2023 at 2 pm
- Special Meeting of Oakland City Council –Jan. 31, 2023 at 1:30 pm
This slideshow presentation offers an overview of Housing Element, what it covers, and the timeline for its development. The video also provides a summary of the issues the Element addresses, community engagement efforts, and some proposed policies being considered to meet the City's ongoing housing needs.