5th Cycle Housing Element Amendment & BECSP Amendment

Applicant: City of Huntington Beach

Project SummaryProject Name: Housing Element Amendment & BECSP Amendment

What is the Housing Element?

The Housing Element is one of the state-mandated elements of the City’s General Plan. State housing element law, enacted in 1969, mandates that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. State housing element law also requires that each city and county develop local housing programs to meet its fair share of existing and future housing needs for all income groups, commonly referred to as the Regional Housing Need Allocation or RHNA. 

Housing element law also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to review local housing elements for compliance with state law and to report its written findings to the local government.  If HCD finds that a local housing element complies with state law, the jurisdiction’s housing element is considered HCD certified. 

In September 2013, the 2013-2021 Housing Element was adopted by the City Council and subsequently certified by HCD in October 2013.  It was then de-certified by HCD following an amendment to the Beach and Edinger Corridors Specific Plan (BECSP) in May of 2015, which affected the City’s ability to accommodate its lower income RHNA targets.  The City is interested in pursuing an HCD certified housing element for the purpose of being eligible for state SB 2 Funds.  SB 2 funds can be used to support the City’s homelessness response programs, but eligibility for the funds requires a HCD certified Housing Element.  On November 4, 2019, the City Council directed City staff to prepare an amendment to the Housing Element for future consideration.   

Changes to the Housing Element

In order to address the remaining lower income RHNA, the City approved an adequate sites program and amended the BECSP to establish an Affordable Housing Overlay consistent with the requirements of State housing element law.  On February 3, 2020, the City Council approved the amendments.  A copy of the amended documents is provided below.  

For further information, please contact Jennifer Villasenor at 714-374-1661 or [email protected].

Project Status: Completed

Project Planner: Jennifer Villasenor

Last Updated: October 07, 2020


  1. Amended Housing Element (approved February 3, 2020)
  2. Amended BECSP (approved February 3, 2020)