2021-2029 Housing Element Update

Welcome to the City of La Palma’s Housing Element Update Page. The Housing Element is one of the seven elements required by the State to be included in the City’s General Plan. The Housing Element addresses adequate housing opportunities for present and future residents and provides the primary policy guidance for housing for the City’s decision-makers.

The City of La Palma kicked off the Housing Element Update in February 2020. Over the next year, City staff will be working with a consulting firm in coordination with our decision-makers and community to update the Housing Element for the 2021-2029 planning period.

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The draft Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review on June 21, 2021. On August 20, 2021, HCD issued a review letter finding that the draft element addressed many statutory requirements; however, revisions will be necessary to comply with Sate Housing Element Law. 

In response to HCD's comments, a revised Housing Element was prepared and posted for public review. All stakeholders on the City's Housing Element interest list were notified. On October 5, 2021, the City Council conducted a public hearing and adopted the revised Housing Element. 

On October 12, 2021, the adopted Housing Element was submitted to HCD for certification. On January 10, 2022, HCD issued a letter finding that the adopted Housing Element required additional revisions to fully comply with Sate Housing Element Law before it can be certified.

Subsequent to receiving HCD's January 10, 2022 letter, the City has been prepared a Revised Housing Element.


The Orange County Council of Governments (OCCOG) and the Association of California Cities - Orange County (ACC-OC) have collaborated to create a video series designed to communicate the ins and outs of California’s complicated housing policies.  The first two videos in the series introduce and provide an overview of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA).

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Email Scott Hutter, Planning Manager, at shutter@cityoflapalma.org or call (714) 690-3336.