The housing element is one of nine mandatory general plan elements. State law requires cities and counties to update their housing elements every five to eight years. Humboldt County completed it most recent housing element update in August 2020. Humboldt County's next housing element update will be due August 2027.
The Housing Element provides a roadmap for future decisions and actions that affect development of housing and residential accessory uses in the unincorporated portions of Humboldt County, including community planning areas. It is a policy document rather than a proposal for a specific action.
Consistent with its policy function, the Housing Element contains a full set of measures to achieve its goals. Many of the implementation measures may involve the adoption of ordinance changes and General Plan amendments. The Housing Element must also be consistent with the General Plan.
2019 Housing Element
Here is where you will find workshop schedules, links for notifications, information on housing in Humboldt County, topics of interest, ideas, and other materials relevant to the 2019 update in progress.Link to page
2014 Housing Element
Information on this page links to the Housing Element in effect from 2014 to 2019.Link to page
2009 / 2010 Housing Element Description
The Housing Element is one of the 7 required elements of a General Plan by state law.Link to page
Multifamily Rezone Program
California law requires localities to plan for their fair share of future housing needs, including housing affordable to lower income households.Link to page
Older housing documents are archived here.Link to page