Housing Element

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.