June 2021 - Data collection begin Aug. 2021 - Consultant contract to Council Sept. 2021 - Community outreach begins Dec. 2021 - Background documentation completed June 2022 - Draft sites inventory July 2022 - Draft Housing Element released July-Sept. 2022 - HCD review Dec. 2022 - Final Housing Element to Council Jan. 2023 - Adopted Housing Element to HCD
The City of Orinda has done some Housing Element pre-work because our Downtown Precise Plan, which is underway, contemplates substantial density increases within the downtown area and, in addition, we are working with Placeworks on an on-call basis to determine housing opportunity sites.
We are planning to bring the RFP for the Housing Element to the City Council on April 20. For timeline, we want to adopt the Housing Element no later than December, 2022.
In the process of drafting and issuing an RFP for a consultant → hope to have the consultant on board/hired by August and then kickoff the Housing Element Update work → Aug 2021 – Sept 2022, → City Council adopt the Housing Element around Oct 2022 - We may need to do a Safety Element Update, and will ask consultants to propose all work needed to have a certified Housing Element.
Want to get involved? Every city will be updating the Housing Element of their General Plan by 2022. Getting involved in the Housing Element is a great way to make sure the right kind of development is prioritized in your community. More information about housing elements is coming soon. Below is more information about each city.
Information on General Plans
If you are curious about learning more about your cities General Plan, Contra Costa Climate Leaders (4CL) produced a very comprehensive report detailing the status of each general plan across the county. You can find it