2023-2031 Housing Element Update

Housing Element Release

Over the past year, the City of San Bruno, its residents, and stakeholders from across the region have participated in outreach and engagement efforts for the Housing Element Update and it is with excitement that the City of San Bruno released the draft 2023-2031 Housing Element on May 24, 2022.

The Draft Housing Element establishes goals, policies and programs to help address the City’s current and future housing needs and includes a list of recommended housing sites. It is the City’s blueprint for housing-related decisions and sets an action plan for how to meet housing goals over the coming years.

This release of the draft Housing Element begins a 30-day public comment period in preparation for transmittal to the California Department of Housing and Community Development for their required initial review. The final Housing Element is anticipated to be reviewed by the City Council at the end of 2022.

A link to the draft document can be found below. A paper copy is also available for public review at the Community and Economic Development Counter in City Hall and at the San Bruno Library at 701 Angus Avenue. We invite you to review the draft Housing Element and to provide feedback before the end of the public review period Friday, June 24, 2022. Written feedback can be submitted by email to: msmith@sanbruno.ca.gov or by mail to Michael Smith at City Hall. Please call (650) 616-7062 to share verbal comments.

Housing Element 2023-2031 Public Review Draft


The shortage of homes in San Bruno and the surrounding San Mateo County affects everyone. That is why it is important to start a conversation to participate and plan together for our current and future housing needs in our communities.

Let's Talk Housing is a collaborative effort of all jurisdictions in San Mateo County focused on getting community feedback that will shape our housing elements-a housing plan that is part of every general plan.

Through an ongoing initiative called 21 Elements, we are working together to learn from and listen to the community about their housing needs, helping to make sure everyone is involved in shaping our shared future.                                                                           MicrosoftTeams-image

Visit the Let's Talk Housing San Mateo County Website for more information.

Materials Available From April 8, 2021 "Let's Talk Housing" Countywide Meeting

On April 8, 2021, the City of San Bruno and 21 Elements hosted the first in a series of countywide meetings to continue the discussion on the regional housing element update process. 

Why the Process Matters?

More and more, purchasing a home is out of reach for many while renters face rent prices that are just too high. Just about every city in the region needs more housing, of all types and sizes.

  • Teachers, firefighters, health care, and other essential workers are traveling long distances to work or being forced to relocate to other cities.
  • Young adults and students including your children and grandchildren - are unable to purchase homes or even live in the communities they grew up in once they leave their childhood homes.
  • Communities of color and non-English speakers who make up the majority of our community members living in overcrowded and unsafe conditions-can't afford to be near their jobs, school, or families.

Creating more housing-and more diverse housing choices-means:

  • Young families can find an affordable starter home
  • Young adults moving out of their childhood home and into the housing market can stay in the cities they grew up in
  • Our aging population will have more options for retirement, including downsizing, providing housing for on-site health or home care, and staying in their communities
  • Workers-teachers, firefighters, health care workers, essential workers can find homes near job centers (which will reduce traffic!)
  • Your children and grandchildren can stay near you in the communities they feel a part of -
  • More people will have more opportunities, across incomes, to rent or own homes in the places they live, work and love.

How Can I Get Involved?

Do you have ideas about how we can create more equitable housing in San Bruno? Or do you simply want to learn more about the housing policies and programs? We want to hear from you. The City will be hosting two virtual community meetings in May for you to listen and learn about the Housing Element update process and share your thoughts.  The first meeting will be held Wednesday, May 4th @6pm. The second meeting will be held on Thursday, May 26th @ 6pm. The second meeting will build on the community feedback received at the first meeting and both meetings are virtual. Find out more information and access the virtual meeting links below.

May 4, 2022- Housing Element Virtual Meeting

May 26, 2022- Housing Element Virtual Meeting

Please participate in the process because the more people we hear from, the better our plans for the future of housing will reflect what is actually needed. Your voice-along with the voices of your neighbors, our workforce and our young people-are critical to ensure we have housing that meets all our needs. Join us to learn more about this process and how you can participate.