Housing Element Update

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2023-2031 Housing Element Update

Frequently Asked Questions

The Housing Element is a component of the City’s General Plan and includes analysis of the community’s housing needs, opportunities and constraints, impediments to fair housing, as well as policies and programs to facilitate the construction, rehabilitation, and preservation of housing for all economic segments of the community and persons with special needs. All jurisdictions in Santa Barbara County are required by State law to prepare an updated Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period.

City of Carpinteria’s Council adopted Housing Element is linked in the section below

County of Santa Barbara’s Housing Element Update and Interactive Map


May 2024

On Tuesday, May 28, 2024, the City Council will receive an update from staff on the status of the 2023-2031 Housing Element and proposed next steps on implementation of Program 1 (Adequate Sites to Accommodate Regional Housing Needs). The notice is available here.

January 2024

On January 22, 2024, the 2023-2031 Housing Element was readopted by the City Council via Resolution No. 6288. On January 23, 2024, the City resubmitted the Housing Element to the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for final certification, available to view below:

2023-2031 Housing Element

Technical Report

Appendix A: Evaluation of the Previous Housing Element

Appendix B: Residential Land Inventory

Appendix B Site Profiles

Appendix C: Public Participation Summary

Appendix D: Fair Housing Assessment

Appendix E: Housing Element Implementation Plan

Although the City Council originally adopted the updated Housing Element on April 10, 2023, HCD required further revisions (scroll down to see previous HCD comments, City responses, and Housing Element revisions).

On January 8, 2024, the City received notice from HCD that the Revised Draft Housing Element is substantially compliant with State law. The letter, which advises City staff to move forward with the re-adoption process, is provided at the link here: Substantial Compliance Letter from HCD

November 2023

The City has prepared a Revised Draft Housing Element in response to HCD’s letter from June 2023. A seven day public review and comment period is open from November 6 through November 13, 2023:

Notice of Revised Draft Housing Element

City’s Comments and Responses to HCD (see below under June 2023 for State’s letter)

Draft Revised Housing Element with track changes:

Revised Draft Housing Plan_redlined

Draft Revised Housing Element clean version:

Draft Revised Housing Plan_clean

June 2023

State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) submitted the following letter to the City on June 12, 2023:

HCD’s Letter in response to the City’s Adopted Housing Element

April 2023

Council Adopted Housing Element

Cover Letter for Housing Element Submittal to HCD

City Response Letter to HCD

Coastal Commission Letter

Signed City Council Resolution 6218

Carpinteria Housing Element (Council Adopted)

The City’s Council adopted Housing Element was submitted to the State’s Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on April 12, 2023 for certification.

Past Meetings & Updates

The agendas, staff reports, and meeting recordings are archived here, unless otherwise noted:  Agendas & Meetings