The Housing Element of the Butte County General Plan is being updated prior to the due date set forth by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) of June 15, 2014, for a new effective planning period of June 15, 2014 – June 15, 2022. Butte County previously updated its Housing Element in 2010 (for an effective planning period of June 15, 2009 – June 15, 2014) in conjunction with the General Plan 2030 update.
The following resources are available concerning the Housing Element Update:
Unlike the other mandatory elements of the General Plan, the housing element is subject to detailed statutory requirements regarding its content and must be updated every five years. The housing element is also subject to mandatory review by a state agency, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). This reflects the statutory recognition that the availability of housing is a matter of statewide importance and that cooperation between government and the private sector is critical to attainment of the state’s housing goals.
The County is also responsible for fulfilling the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). This is accomplished through a process pursuant to Government Code §65584. The County’s share of the RHNA, as determined by the Butte County Association of Governments and HCD, is the projected housing need for the planning period of the housing element. To accommodate the RHNA, the element must demonstrate site development capacity equivalent to, or exceeding, the projected housing need, to facilitate development of a variety of types of housing for all income groups.
This update also includes an update of the Land Use Element necessary to comply with Government Code sections §65302.10, 65588 and 56430, that requires the County to identify and analyze unincorporated communities that are disadvantaged (“Legacy Communities”). This requirement includes an analysis of water, wastewater, stormwater, drainage, and structural fire protection needs or deficiencies, and alternatives that could make the extension of services financially feasible.