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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Opens a New Window. – these are two names for the same thing.
This brief survey Opens a New Window. 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
- Accessory Dwelling Unit Fact Sheet (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- State Standards Checklist (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Building Permit Checklist (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- ADU Residential Fire Sprinkler System Requirements (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Plot Plan Checklist (PDF) Opens a New Window. Opens a New Window.
- Summary of Recent Changes to California ADU Laws (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Safe Homes Program Documentation (PDF) Opens a New Window.
- Safe Homes Program Documentation - Alternative Owner Builder (PDF) Opens a New Window.
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.
- Adopted Version (PDF)
- Approved Planning Commission Recommendations (PDF)
- Planning Commission Staff Report for the January 12, 2012 Meeting (PDF)
- Planning Commission Staff Report for the October 27, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Proposed 2010 Housing Element Implementation Measures (PDF)
- Emergency Shelter Maps (PDF)
- Housing Opportunity Zone Maps (PDF)
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.
- Revised Land Inventory Including the Multifamily Rezones (XLS)
- Package Sent to Housing and Community Development - June 27, 2012 (PDF)
- Package Sent to Housing and Community Development - January 27, 2012 (PDF)
- Package Sent to Housing and Community Development - September 21, 2011 (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Supplemental Item #5 - August 30, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Supplemental Item #4 - August 23, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Supplemental Item #3 - July 27, 2011 Meeting (Includes Changes Directed by the Board of Supervisors at the July 27, 2011 Meeting) (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Supplemental Item #2 - July 26, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Supplemental Item #1 - July 26, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Board of Supervisors Staff Report - July 26, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Comment Letters Received by the Planning Commission During Their June 30, 2011 and July 14, 2011 Hearings
- List of Candidate Sites - July 14, 2011 (PDF)
- Responses to Comments on the Draft Subsequent Environmental Impact Report (DSEIR) by the City of Eureka (PDF)
- Responses to Comments on the DSEIR by the McKinleyville Community Services District (PDF)
- Planning Commission Staff Report - July 14, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Planning Commission Staff Report - June 30, 2011 Meeting (PDF)
- Maps of Candidate Sites for Rezoning to Multifamily Housing
- Public Workshops in June and July (PDF)
- DSEIR for the Multifamily Rezoning Program (PDF)
- Revised Notice of Preparation (April 28, 2011) (PDF)
- 2009 Housing Element (PDF)
- 2009 Housing Element Appendix (PDF)
- Attachment A - Public Participation (PDF)
- Attachment B - State Housing Requirements (PDF)
- Attachment C - Federal, State and Local Housing Programs (PDF)
- Attachment D - Glossary (PDF)
- Attachment E - Agencies Persons Contacted and Distribution List (PDF)
- Attachment F - Regional Housing Needs Plan (PDF)
- Attachment G - Parcels Zoned to Principally Permit Emergency Shelters (PDF)
- Attachment H - Housing Opportunity Zones (PDF)
- Attachment I - Residential Land Inventory (No Maps) (PDF)
- Attachment I - Residential Land Inventory (With Maps) (PDF)