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 30, 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

Timeline
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 hearingsJune to July 2019
Submittal to HCD for certificationAugust 2019

Public Notices

Community input on the DRAFT 2019 Housing Element Policy and Program Report will be the focus of the community workshops scheduled for late April 2019.

Revised DRAFT 2019 Housing Element Policy and Program Report reflects and incorporates much of the public input received during the second series of community workshops conducted in late April 2019.

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

Schedule

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

When?Where?What?
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
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.

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

Notifications

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.

Surveys

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