Housing Element Update


City of Richmond 6th Cycle Housing Element Update is Underway

The State of California recognizes the vital role local governments play in the availability, adequacy, and affordability of housing. State law requires every jurisdiction in California to adopt a comprehensive, long-term General Plan to guide its physical development, and the Housing Element is one of the seven mandated elements of the General Plan. The Housing Element is updated every eight years and is required to demonstrate sufficient zoned capacity for housing to accommodate the number of units identified in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The law recognizes that in order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems that provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development.

In January 2022, the City of Richmond kicked-off the 6th Cycle Housing Element effort. The 6th Cycle Housing Element will cover the RHNA for the planning period of 2023 to 2031.

What’s New in the 6th Cycle Housing Element? 

The 6th Cycle Housing Elements requires cities to include additional information on a series of topics:

  • Housing Needs Assessment – Substandard housing requiring replacement, and farmworker housing needs.
  • Past Accomplishments to Help Special Needs Population – What the City has achieved to help increase housing efforts for special needs populations.
  • Governmental Constraints – Governmental regulations that can have an impact on housing development, from state law to local ordinances.
  • Nongovernmental Constraints – Any additional impediments that hinder housing development such as construction and land costs, entitlement and building permit issuance, etc.

Please see 6th Cycle Housing Element: New (& Kind of New) Analyses Required for more information.


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Outreach and community engagement is a fundamental part of the Housing Element Update. You can find information for current and past outreach events below.

Current Events

Pop-Up Events

May 14, 2022 – Spring Family Day at Richmond Art Center @ 12 pm – 3 pm

May 21, 2022 – Willie Mays Day at Nicholl Park @ 10 am – 2 pm


Mayo 14, 2022 – Dia de las Familias en el Richmond Art Center @ 12 pm – 3 pm

Mayo 21, 2022 – Willie Mays Day en Nicholl Park @ 10 am – 2 pm

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RAC Recruitment

Apply to be part of the Resident Advisory Council to Help Shape the 6th Cycle Housing Element and Housing Equity Roadmap!  Aplique para ser parte de el Consejo Asesor de Residentes para Ayudar a Formar el Sexto Ciclo de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda y la Ruta a la Equidad de Vivienda! 

The City of Richmond is inviting residents to apply to be part of the Richmond Resident Advisory Council (RAC), a group which will help shape the City’s 6th cycle Housing Element Update and Housing Equity Roadmap. This effort will help guide the City’s policies and actions to meet the current and future housing needs of Richmond residents.  

La Ciudad de Richmond esta invitando a sus residentes a unirse con el Consejo Asesor de Residentes, un grupo que va ayudar a formar el sexto ciclo de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda (Housing Element Update) y la Ruta a la Equidad de Vivienda  (Housing Equity Roadmap) de la ciudad. Este esfuerzo ayudara a guiar las pólizas y acciones de la ciudad para cumplir con las exigencias de vivienda actuales y futuras de Richmond.

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To be considered for the council, please fill out the online application at bit.ly/richmondrac or send the paper application bit.ly/richmondracpaper to Kelly via kelly@justcities.work. Applications are due May 8, 2022. 

Para ser considerado como miembro del consejo, por favor complete la aplicación en línea bit.ly/richmondrac o mande una aplicación de papel bit.ly/richmondracpaper a Kelly por correo electrónico kelly@justcities.work. La aplicación debe enviarse a mas tardar el 8 de Mayo, 2022.

Past Events

Coming Soon.

5th Cycle Housing Element

The previous Housing Element was adopted on May 19, 2015, and was certified by the State Housing and Community Development Department on May 27, 2015. During this cycle, the City of Richmond aimed to be an inclusive city where the built environment is functional and accessible to all residents, development impacts are shared equitably, and new development is sensitive to a diverse array of social, cultural, and environmental contexts. 


Project Contact

Andrea Villarroel, Planner
(510) 620-6620

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