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Housing Element

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The Burlingame City Council approved the Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element on January 5, 2015.

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About the Housing Element

The Housing Element is the City's master plan for accommodating the housing needs of Burlingame's current and future residents. It is a comprehensive document that addresses a range of housing issues such as affordability, design, housing types, density and location. It includes a summary of past trends and future projections, the status of the City's housing stock and opportunities for the development of new housing.

All local governments within the State of California are required to periodically update their housing elements on a schedule determined by the State Office of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Burlingame adopted its current Housing Element.

Housing element law requires local governments to adequately plan to meet their existing and projected housing needs including their share of the regional housing need. HCD provides a projection of future growth for the State, and this number is translated into housing units that should be built to accommodate this projected growth. Bay Area Metro (encompassing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission) has taken the housing number for the Bay Area region and provided each community with their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) number, which is the number of housing units that the cities must provide for in the next eight years.