2021-2029 Housing Element

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The General Plan

California State law requires every city and county to adopt a General Plan that contains these seven elements: land use, circulation, housing, conservation, safety, open space, and noise. The Housing Element is one of the seven components included in the County General Plan. Click here to view Placer County’s General Plan.

Housing Element Adoption

The State requires that cities and counties update their Housing Elements regularly according to a legally mandated schedule set by the State. On May 11, 2021, Placer County’s Board of Supervisors adopted the Housing Element Update for the 2021–2029 eight-year planning period. On May 26, 2021, the County submitted the adopted 2021-2029 Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for HCD’s final review and certification.  On August 6, 2021, HCD provided the County with a letter affirming the County’s Housing Element Update for the 2021 – 2029 eight-year planning period (May 15, 2021 to May 15, 2029) has been found in full conformance with State Housing Element law.

You can find the adopted 2021-2029 Housing Element here.

Housing Element Overview

The Housing Element is the guiding document for the development of housing in the unincorporated area of Placer County.  It is a plan for accommodating the County’s fair share of the regional housing needs. It is also a plan to meet existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments within the County’s jurisdiction. The 2021-2029 Housing Element is comprised of the following sections:

Goals, Policies, and Programs

The 2021-2029 Housing Element includes 7 goals, 58 policies and 49 implementation programs.  One of the goals is new, and 23 of the policies and 28 of the programs are new and were not included in the 2013-2021 Housing Element, as show in the table below.

Goal58 Policies / 23 New49 Programs / 28 New
Goal A - New Residential Construction8 / 415 / 10
Goal B - Affordable Housing20 / 1112 / 5
Goal C - Innovative Housing Types (New)4 / 48 / 6
Goal D - Preserving the Existing Housing Stock8 / 13 / 1
Goal E - Housing in the Tahoe Basin2 / 02 / 0
Goal F - Special Needs10 / 16 / 4
Goal G - Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing6 / 25 / 4


The goals, policies, and programs provides the County  with the mechanisms for developing and preserving an adequate supply of housing to accommodate the housing needs for households of all income levels, including housing affordable to seniors, families, and workers.

Asset 8


8 Housing Element Objectives

The 2021 – 2029 Housing Element has set eight objectives to meet the housing needs of the County over the next eight years:

Asset 7 The Goals, Policies, and Programs contained in the Housing Element are designed to meet these objectives.

Housing Element Pages

Goals, Policies, and Programs

Click here to find the policies that correspond with each of the 8 housing element objectives, and learn about the programs associated with each of the policies.

Housing Context

Click here to find a brief overview of the housing needs, demographics, housing constraints and housing resources in Placer County.

Developing the Housing Element

Click here to learn about the adoption process of the 2021-2029 Housing Element including the adoption timeline, links to recording of community meetings, adoption hearing recordings, and housing element adoption documents.

Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)

Click here to find Placer County’s RHNA for 2021-2029. 

Housing Element Implementation

Click here to see updates about the progress of the housing programs in the progress tracker. Also, find the number of units built in the 2021-2029 RHNA cycle.