2023-2031 Housing Element Update

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Availability of the 2023-2031 Draft Housing Element

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 San Bruno’s 2023-2031 Draft Housing Element Update.

The Draft Housing Element Update 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 draft Housing Element was transmitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their required initial review on July 8, 2022. 

On September 16, 2022, staff met with HCD staff to get preliminary verbal feedback on the city’s draft Housing Element update. HCD staff provided valuable feedback on revisions to the document that were needed for it to comply with state requirements. In response, the city submitted an interim draft Housing Element for HCD review on October 3, 2022. 

On October 6, 2022, HCD provided formal written comments in response to the city’s draft Housing Element which can be found here.

We invite you to review San Bruno’s draft Housing Element and HCD’s review comments and provide feedback which will be considered in the final document. Written feedback can be submitted by email to: Housing@sanbruno.ca.gov or by mail to Housing Element at City Hall. Please call (650) 616-7062 to share verbal comments. 

This Draft Housing Element document is very large and might take time to download. It is provided here in PDF format to help make it easier to access the information.

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Public Comment on the Environmental Review Document for the 2023-2031 Housing Element Update


The Community and Economic Development Department of the City of San Bruno has prepared an initial study of environmental impacts for the 2023-2031 Housing Element Update and is recommending adoption of a Mitigated Negative Declaration of Environmental Impacts (MND), pursuant to CEQA § 15070. You can view the document at the link below or review a hard copy at the Community and Economic Development Department public information counter, located at 567 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066. 

 Michael Smith, Senior Planner
Planning Division 
567 El Camino Real 
San Bruno, California, 94066
(650) 616-7062

 Comments may also be submitted via email to: msmith@sanbruno.ca.gov

 The Planning Commission will review the document at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 5, 2023, at 7:00 p.m. that will be held virtually. Meeting details will be posted in the Planning Commission agenda before the meeting. City Council will review the document and consider its adoption at a public hearing tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 24, 2023 at 7:00 p.m. Meeting details will be posted in the City Council agenda before the meeting. 

Link to file: Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration for the 2023-2031 Housing Element Update

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Public Meetings

Community input is critical to developing a Housing Element that promotes a community-based vision for housing and responds to community needs and preferences. A variety of community outreach and public engagement activities have been held throughout the process. You can find the materials from those public meetings and workshops here.

"Let's Talk Housing" Countywide Meeting

On April 8, 2021, the City of San Bruno participated in a countywide meeting hosted in conjunction with 21 Elements. The meeting provided community members with an introduction to the Housing Element update process, why it matters, information on the Let’s Talk Housing outreach effort and countywide trends. A San Bruno specific breakout room discussion followed where participants commented on what they like about the city and

January City Council Meeting 

An overview of the Housing Element process was presented to Council on January 25, 2022, where direction was sought on the city’s preliminary sites inventory and housing programs.

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Community Workshop #1

The city held its first community workshop on May 4, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The meeting was held virtually using Zoom. City staff, consultants and the public discussed the following topics:

  • Components of a Housing Element
  • Housing trends
  • Possible locations for new housing in San Bruno
  • Issues that are important to residents
  • Ideas for new policies and programs

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Presentation to the Equity Advisory Group

On May 6, 2022, staff gave a presentation to the Equity Advisory Group who gave valuable feedback on draft programs and policies. The EAG provided positive feedback on San Bruno’s draft policies to improve equity in housing policy and decision making.

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May City Council Meeting 

Staff gave a presentation to Council on May 24, 2022, announcing the release of the 30-day public review draft of the Housing Element. The presentation highlighted the city’s sites inventory, approach for meeting its RHNA, public outreach efforts, and the housing goals which formed the basis of the draft housing programs.

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Community Workshop #2 

The city held its second community workshop on May 26, 2022 from 6:00 to 7:30 pm. The meeting was held virtually using Zoom. City staff, consultants and the public discussed the following topics:

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June Planning Commission Meeting 

On June 21, 2022, staff gave a presentation to the Commission, similar to the May presentation to Council, announcing the release of the 30-day public review draft of the Housing Element. The presentation highlighted the city’s sites inventory, approach for meeting its RHNA, public outreach efforts, and the housing goals which formed the basis of the draft housing programs.

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Let's Talk Housing

Let's Talk Housing is a collaborative effort of all the 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.

Visit the Let's Talk Housing San Mateo County Website at https://www.letstalkhousing.org/.

Timeline

  • Draft Housing Element Review
    • Publish for 30-day Public Comment Period (May 24, 2022 – June 24, 2022)
    • City Council Review May 24, 2022
    • Planning Commission Review June 21, 2022
  • State Housing and Community Development (HCD) Reviews
    • First submittal to HCD for first review July 8, 2022
    • Subsequent HCD submittals and reviews (Summer/Fall 2022)
  • Housing Element Adoption
    • Planning Commission review and recommendation (Fall 2022)
    • City Council for review and adoption (Fall 2022/Winter 2023)
  • Housing Element Certification
    • HCD final review and certification (January 2023)

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.

  1. Teachers, firefighters, health care, and other essential workers are traveling long distances to work or being forced to relocate to other cities.
  2. 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.
  3. Communities of color and non-English speakers who make up a large portion 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:

  1. Young families can find an affordable starter home
  2. Young adults moving out of their childhood home and into the housing market can stay in the cities they grew up in
  3. 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
  4. Workers-teachers, firefighters, health care workers, essential workers can find homes near job centers (which will reduce traffic!)
  5. Your children and grandchildren can stay near you in the communities they feel a part of -
  6. More people will have more opportunities, across incomes, to rent or own homes in the places they live, work and love.