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Housing Element

Housing Element 2021-2029

The County of Los Angeles is currently updating the Housing Element of the General Plan for 2021-2029. The Housing Element serves as a policy guide to address the comprehensive housing needs of the unincorporated areas. The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing for current and future residents of the unincorporated areas, including those with special needs. Click here for more information.

Capítulo de Vivienda del Plan General 2021-2029

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洛杉磯縣房屋政策藍圖 2021-2029

洛杉磯縣現正更新《洛杉磯縣總體規劃》 (Los Angeles County General Plan) 內的《房屋政策藍圖》 (Housing Element) 。本縣的《房屋政策藍圖》為縣內非建制地區 (unincorporated areas) 的房屋政策指南。其主要目的是要確保所有現在和未來的非建制地區居民,包括特殊需求者,都可入住安全、衞生和可負擔房屋。

What does the Housing Element include?

State law mandates updates to the Housing Element every eight years and requires specific components to be included:

Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) projects the housing need for unincorporated communities. SCAG assigns a number of housing units that the County is required to plan for in the eight year Housing Element cycle. That number of units is called the RHNA, and it is broken down by income category, ensuring that all economic groups are accommodated.

Adequate Sites Inventory

A jurisdiction then needs to show that there are enough sites within the jurisdiction to build that amount of housing. This task is called the Adequate Sites Inventory. In order to count toward the RHNA, sites must meet several criteria, including residential zoning of a certain density, a minimum lot size, and the site must be either vacant or underutilized. Underutilized means that the property is not built to its maximum capacity, so there is potential there for more units. If a jurisdiction cannot show that there are enough sites to address the housing need, the jurisdiction is required to develop a rezoning program. The rezoning ensures that there are enough sites with sufficient densities, to address the housing need identified through the RHNA.

Constraints and Barriers

Another component of the housing element is the identification of constraints and barriers to the development of housing, such as the time and cost of obtaining permits and the high cost of land.

Goals, Policies and Implementation Programs

The County must also develop goals, policies and implementation programs to address housing needs.

  • Goals: General statements about the desired housing outcomes, expressing the community’s values.
  • Policies: Specific statements that guide decision-making.
  • Implementation programs: Actions for carrying out the policies of the Housing Element. Each implementation program identifies lead/partner agencies and timelines. The Department of Regional Planning partners with other agencies that oversee housing, such as the Los Angeles County Development Authority and the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority, for implementation and administration.

This is where we need your help! Tell us what the County should prioritize to address housing need in the unincorporated communities. See the “Get Involved” tab to learn more and provide input.

Project Timeline


Milestone Timeframe
Scoping Meeting Winter 2020 / 2021
Draft Housing Element & EIR available for public comment Spring 2021
Begin Public Hearing Process Summer 2021
Submit Housing Element to the State Fall/Winter 2021



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