2021 Housing Element Update

What is a Housing Element?


A Housing Element is a local plan adopted by the City that includes goals, policies, and programs that direct decision making around housing.  State law requires that Housing Elements be updated on 8-year “cycles.” The City is currently preparing a Housing Element update for the 2021-2029 planning period, which is referred to as the “6th Housing Element cycle” in reference to the six required updates that have occurred since the comprehensive revision to State Housing Element law in 1980.

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Public Involvement


We want to hear from you!  Please take this brief survey that addresses important Housing Element Update topics. The survey will close May 7, 2021.  You may also participate in one of the public meetings listed below.

If you have specific questions or would like to be added to the contact list for the Housing Element Update please email elist@cityoflagunaniguel.org

Project Schedule and Meetings


  • April 15, 2021 - Planning Commission  - Housing  Element Public Workshop - Download Meeting  Notice
  • May 25, 2021 - Planning Commission  - Public Hearing to Consider Draft Housing Element Update 
  • June 15, 2021 - City Council Public Hearing to Consider Draft Housing Element Update 
  • June - July 2021 - Forward Draft Housing Element to the State for review
  • August 24, 2021 -   Planning Commission Public Hearing to Consider proposed Final Housing Element Update 
  •  September 7, 2021 - City Council Public Hearing to Adopt Housing Element Update 
  • October 2021 - Submit Final Housing Element Update to the State
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Download the Laguna Niguel Housing Element FAQs for more information: Click here for the FAQ

WHAT IS THE REGIONAL HOUSING NEEDS ASSESSMENT (RHNA)


The City's current Housing Element of the General Plan was approved in 2013 and outlines the City's housing goals from 2014 through 2021.  The State of California requires that each jurisdiction's housing element be updated every eight (8) years and certified by the State.  The City is currently updating its Housing Element for the 2021-2029 period.  A major component of this update is the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA"), in which the State estimates each region's housing needs for all income groups.  

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA") is a part of State housing element law that determines the projected and existing housing needs for each jurisdiction in the State.  In its Housing Element, the City must demonstrate to the State that there are no unnecessary barriers to the housing approval process in order to meet the RHNA allocation for the City.

On March 22, 2021, SCAG released its final allocation of housing units for each jurisdiction in its region, which can be found here. The City has received a final allocation of 1,207 new units for this upcoming planning period. 

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