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The City of Santa Monica has Released the Final Draft 2021 - 2029 Housing Element Update

Review the Final Draft 2021 - 2029 Housing Element!


The draft Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review on July 1, 2021. After completing their review of the draft, HCD sent a letter on August 30, 2021 outlining their required changes and additional information needed in order to receive certification. The comments from HCD's letter have been addressed in the final draft Housing Element. See below for links to the response letter from HCD and the final draft Housing Element, which will be considered by the City Council on October 12, 2021. For information on when the draft will be reviewed by the Planning Commission and City Council, see the Upcoming Events page.  

 Download and read a copy of the Final Draft Plan below

Final Draft Housing Element 2021 -2029 Final Draft Housing Element 2021 -2029 (REDLINE)

HCD Letter and Review of July 1 Draft

Appendix A - Outreach Summary

Appendix B - Housing Needs Assessment

Appendix B - Housing Needs Assessment (REDLINE)

Appendix C - LUCE Goals and Policies

Appendix D - Housing Resources

Appendix E - Constraints on Housing

Appendix E - Constraints on Housing (REDLINE)

Appendix F - Report on Suitable Sites Inventory Analysis

Appendix F - Report on Suitable Sites Inventory Analysis (REDLINE)

Appendix G - Review of Past Performance

Appendix H - Opportunities for Energy Conservation

Appendix I - 2020 Assessment of Fair Housing

The City of Santa Monica has Released the Final Housing Element EIR for Public Review

The Final Environmental Impact Report (Final EIR) for the 6th Cycle Housing Element has been completed and is available for review online. The Final EIR responds to the comments received on the Draft EIR and includes the Draft EIR with text revisions. The Final EIR will be submitted to the City Planning Commission and City Council for requested certification and action on the Project. A virtual online Planning Commission public hearing for the project will be held on September 24, 2021.

Final Housing Element EIR

Appendix A - Notice of Preparation, Scoping Summary, Initial Study

Appendix B - Air Quality and HGH Report

Appendix C – Health Risk Assessment

Appendix D – Historic Architectural Resources Report

Appendix E – Energy Calculations

Appendix F – Noise Calculations

Appendix G – Transportation Study

Appendix H – AB 52 Construction

Appendix I – Mobility Division Survey Results

Appendix J – Comment Letters Received on the Draft EIR

Draft Housing Element EIR


The Draft Suitable Sites Inventory

Interactive Map of Preliminary Suitable Sites


Components of the Housing Element

The components of the Housing Element are largely dictated by the State and typically must include:

  • A detailed analysis of the City’s demographic, economic, and housing characteristics.
  • A comprehensive analysis of the barriers to producing and preserving housing.
  • A review of the City’s progress in implementing current housing policies and programs.
  • An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan.
  • A list of sites (aka the Suitable Sites Inventory) that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet the quantified housing number established in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site. If there are insufficient sites and capacity to meet the RHNA allocation, then the Housing Element is required to identify a rezoning program to create the required capacity.

Schedule for Updating the Housing Element

As required by State law, the revised Housing Element must be certified by the Santa Monica City Council no later than October 15, 2021, or the City of Santa Monica could lose eligibility for significant sources of State funding. The City’s anticipated timeline and steps for revising the Housing Element can be found on the Project Timeline page


Contact the planning team directly at  HousingUpdate@smgov.net.

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