The County Housing Element is a component of the County General Plan that primarily addresses housing matters for the unincorporated areas of Santa Clara County. Under State law, the Housing Element must be updated on an eight-year cycle, which is overseen by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).
The County Housing Element is currently being updated for the sixth cycle, which encompasses the 2023-2031 planning period. The draft updated Housing Element along with the appendices are now available for public review.
The County has prepared an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the Housing Element Update (HEU) and the Stanford Community Plan Update. As of June 9, 2023, the EIR is available for public review online, and there are physical copies available for review at the County of Santa Clara Planning Office and select local libraries (listed below).
The first draft of the HEU was circulated for public review and comment from March 21, 2023 to April 20, 2023, and the draft EIR was circulated for public review and comment from June 9, 2023 to July 24, 2023. Following the public review and comment period, the draft HEU was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review on May 4, 2023. On August 2, 2023, the County received HCD’s feedback on the first draft, and the second draft of the HEU incorporates these comments. The County of Santa Clara’s Board of Supervisors adopted the second draft on October 17, 2023, which was subsequently submitted to HCD on October 19, 2023.
The County prepared Zoning Ordinance amendments related to the HEU which are scheduled to be heard by the Board of Supervisors at the following time and place:
- County of Santa Clara Board of Supervisors, Tuesday, December 12, 2023, no earlier than 10:00 a.m. This meeting will be held at the Board of Supervisors’ Chambers, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, 1st Floor, San Jose, CA 95110. This meeting will be hybrid and can be attended virtually or in person. A link to join the meeting virtually will be published in the agenda, which is available at this web address: https://sccgov.iqm2.com/citizens/default.aspx?.
This project website is your destination for project information. Continue to check back for updates. We encourage you to register for project updates by email so that we can keep you informed of upcoming events, project updates and other ways to get involved. Please contact us at:
County of Santa Clara Planning Office
Attention: Michael Meehan, Principal Planner
County Government Center
70 West Hedding, 7th Floor, East Wing, San José CA 95110
E-mail: [email protected]
Locations where a printed copy of the EIR can be reviewed are:
Stanford Community Plan Update
The Stanford University Community Plan is being updated concurrently with the HEU. The two projects share three potential housing sites and an Environmental Impact Report has been prepared to cover both projects. Visit the Stanford Community Plan project website to sign up for updates, learn more about the project, view meetings, and submit your comments.