2019 Housing Element - Implementation

Welcome to Humboldt County’s Housing Element Update page. It is intended to inform people, and invite community input about current and future housing in the unincorporated parts of the county.

Implementation 2019 - Accessory Dwelling Unit Ordinance

Thank you to everyone who has participated and provided input to the proposed Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) Ordinance through workshops and comments. In early 2020, Humboldt County Planning will bring the ordinance before the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors for recommendation and adoption.

Revised Drafts of the Inland and Coastal ADU Ordinances are available as of December 31, 2019. Click the links below to view.

Draft Inland ADU Ordinance 12-31-19

Draft Coastal ADU Ordinance 12-31-19

Four public workshops are planned to present the draft and gather comments. The following documents give more information.

Public comments, discussion summaries, ordinance revisions, and public hearing schedules will be posted here as the process proceeds. You can also submit written and email comments to longrangeplanning@co.humboldt.ca.us.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Survey 2

For those unable to attend a workshop, another avenue of participation is the online survey below. The survey will be available throughout our Ordinance workshop and hearing process. Responses will be reviewed, summarized, and included in recommendations to the Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors.

Accessory Dwelling Unit Survey 2

Updated Dec. 31, 2019

2019 Housing Element Progress - Adopted Aug. 20 2019

The Housing Element was adopted by the Board on August 20, 2019. On October 23, 2019 the Element was approved by California's Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as being in full compliance with state Housing Element law. Read the HCD compliance certification at this link.

The files below make up the final Housing Element that was adopted at the August 20, 2019 Board of Supervisors hearing. It includes public input, revisions requested by the Planning Commission, by Dept. of Housing and Community Development (HCD), and by Legal Services of Northern California. The Element was adopted with minor revisions.

Earlier versions of the Housing Element can be found under the Draft Policies tab below.

What is the HCD Review status?

The final Housing Element was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on August 20, 2019. The final text has been sent to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review and certification. The results of the HCD review will be posted here when received. HCD reviewed and approved an earlier draft on August 2, 2019. Click here to view it.

What is the Update Schedule?

Because California requires that Housing Elements be certified for compliance by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), the County’s process will has followed this schedule.

Planning Activity

Topics of interest, policies and implementation measures on the webEnd January 2019
Public WorkshopsLate February to end of April 2019
Planning Commission HearingsMay and June 2019
Board of Supervisors hearingsAugust 20 & 27 2019
Submittal to HCD for certificationAugust 2019
HCD Timeline

Public Notices

  •  See upcoming notices here.

Community input on the DRAFT 2019 Housing Element Policy and Program Report was the focus of the community workshops held in April 2019.

For earlier drafts and notices about the Housing Element see the Draft Polices tab below.

Remind Me, What is the Housing Element?

The state requires cities and counties to have Housing Elements as part of their general plans. The Housing Element identifies existing and projected housing needs and establishes goals, policies, standards and implementation measures for the preservation, improvement, and development of housing in the unincorporated areas of the county. Humboldt County’s Housing Element was last updated in 2014. The planning horizon for this Element extends to 2027; it must be updated by August 30, 2019 per state requirements.

  1. HE Meeting Schedule
  2. Workshops & Public Input
  3. Draft Policies
  4. Background & Demographics
  5. Archive


A series of events are planned to get input on issues of concern, policies, and implementation measures related to housing in unincorporated Humboldt County.

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
6-7:30 PM
Ag Center
5630 South Broadway, Eureka
2nd Community Workshop
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
6 PM
Azalea Conference Center
2275 Central Ave, McKinleyvlle
2nd Community Workshop
Thursday, April 25, 2019
6-7:30 PM
Redway Elementary
344 Humboldt Ave., Redway
2nd Community Workshop
Monday, April 29, 2019
6-7:30 PM
Willow Creek CSD Office
135 Willow Rd, Willow Creek
2nd Community Workshop
Thursday, May 2, 2019
6 PM
Eureka Courthouse
825 5th St, Eureka
Planning Commission Housing Element Workshop
Thursday, May 16, 2019
6 PM
Eureka Courthouse
825 5th St, Eureka
Planning Commission Housing Element Hearing
Thursday,July 11, 2019
6 PM
Eureka Courthouse
825 5th St, Eureka
2nd Planning Commission Housing Element Hearing
Tuesday, August 20, 2019
9 AM
Eureka Courthouse
825 5th St, Eureka
Board of Supervisors Hearing
Table of Scheduled Events

Topics Related to Housing

As part of Implementation, we are asking the public to consider several topics related to housing. Some may result in proposed ordinances or amendments. Some changes are mandated by state law, and some spring from recognized housing needs. All are open to public discussion and comment.

(a)New allowances for Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs);
(b)New allowances for Tiny Houses;
(c)Facilitate and fund development of Emergency Shelters on parcels previously zoned for them;
(d)Facilitate and fund transitional and supportive housing; and
(e)Allowances for more Farm Employee Housing.
Topics Related to Housing

Broad public participation at all levels of the decision making process, including education, study, workshops, hearings, and plan revisions has been a major policy of Humboldt County since 1984 (1984 Framework Plan, Section 1231.4). Public participation continues to be a foundation of County government, as recognized in the 2017 General Plan (Section 2.8):

"The most successful land use planning process will provide for the education of the public. Knowledge of the process allows citizens to have meaningful access to the decision makers, evaluate alternative proposals, and make specific recommendations on hearing draft land use proposals."

How Can You Participate?

You are invited to help us update the Housing Element in several ways:

  • Sign up for notifications
  • Attend workshop(s)
  • Take our surveys
  • Submit written comments
  • Attend Planning Commission and Board of Supervisors hearings


You can sign up for email or text notifications for the Housing Element update and other topics on the County’s website at: Notify Me

Select “General Plan Implementation” for Housing Element workshops, meetings, and notices.


As work on the Element progresses, interactive surveys and tools for public comment on specific topics will be incorporated into this and other websites. To receive notifications as surveys become available, sign up at Notify Me. Select "General Plan Implementation".

Written Comments

Please send written communications to: longrangeplanning@co.humboldt.ca.us

All comments will be part of public record.

Contact Person for Housing Element

Michelle Nielsen, email: MNielsen@co.humboldt.ca.us