2019 Housing Element

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.

What is it?

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 15, 2019 per state requirements.

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 follow this schedule.

Planning Activity

Topics of interest, policies and implementation measures on the web
End January 2019
Public Workshops
Late February to early March 2019
Release of CEQA document
Late March to early April 2019
Planning Commission Hearings
May 2019
Board of Supervisors hearingsJune to July 2019
Submittal to HCD for certification
August 2019
2019 Housing Element Timeline
  1. Community Participation
  2. Basic Housing and Demographics
  3. Topics of Interest for Update

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 survey (coming soon)
  • 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.


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

Scheduled Workshops

Wednesday, February 27, 2019
6-8 PM
Azalea Hall
1630 Pickett Road, McKinleyville
Thursday, February 28, 2019
6:30-8:30 PM
Redway Elementary
344 Humboldt Ave, Redway
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
6-8 PM
County Agricultural Center
5630 South Broadway, Eureka
Wednesday, March 6, 2019
6-8 PM
Willow Creek Community Services District Office
135 Willow Rd, Willow Creek
Table of Scheduled Workshops


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