Housing Element

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. It meets detailed requirements of state housing element law, including requirements for a residential land inventory sufficient to meet the County’s share of the state prescribed regional housing need. The Housing Element is typically updated on a 5-year cycle according to a state mandated schedule. The last comprehensive update for Humboldt County was completed in 2014. The planning horizon for this Housing Element extends to 2019.

Humboldt County is initiating the update of its Housing Element for 2019. There will be a variety of venues for public participation, including public meetings and workshops, as well as online opportunities.

If you are interested in receiving information about future meetings, surveys, etc., please contact Michelle Nielsen, 707-445-7541 or mnielsen@co.humboldt.ca.us for more information.

Accessory Dwelling Units (ADU) 2018

An Accessory Dwelling Unit, or ADU, is a secondary housing unit on a single-family residential lot. They can be detached from the primary dwelling, attached, or built inside or over an existing building (like a garage or shop).

In Humboldt County Code, ADUs are called Secondary Dwelling Units – these are two names for the same thing.

This brief survey is to gauge public interest in developing Accessory Dwelling Units, and how community members may use them, for instance, as a rental , a residence for a family member, etc.  Thanks for participating.  

Background & Purpose

The following resources include a summary of California’s 2018 laws making permitting easier, and links to Humboldt County’s ADU Fact Sheet, permit checklists, state standards, and other resources for ADUs.

Information & Resources

2014 General Plan Housing Element Update

The Housing Element is one of the seven required elements of a General Plan by state law. Unlike the other general plan elements, the Housing Element is required to be updated every five to six years.

Read the full description of the Housing Element.

2014 Housing Element Approved May 13, 2014

A. Public Participation (PDF)
B. State Housing Requirements (PDF)
C. Federal, State and Local Housing Programs (PDF)
D. Glossary (PDF)
E. Agencies / Persons Contacted & Distribution List (PDF)
F. Regional Housing Needs Plan (PDF)
G. Parcels Zoned to Principally Permit Emergency Shelters (PDF)
H. Housing Opportunity Zones (9MB PDF)
I.  Detail of Residential Land Inventory (PDF)
J. Detail of Infrastructure and Service Needs of Legacy Communities (20MB PDF)

2009 / 2010 General Plan Housing Element

August 28, 2012 Revisions to the Housing Element

Housing Element Implementation

General Plan, Zoning & Subdivision Ordinance Modifications

The Housing Element includes a set of General Plan, Zoning and Subdivision Ordinance modifications to encourage development and retention of affordable housing.

Multifamily Rezoning Program

The multifamily rezone program proposes to rezone properties to increase the multifamily housing development potential in the county. Read more about the Rezone Program.

August 24, 2010 Revisions to the Housing Element

April 27, 2010 Revisions to the Housing Element

2009 Housing Element (Adopted August 29, 2009)

Supplemental Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

Historic Documents
Previous drafts of the housing element are available in the historic documents section.