The San Leandro Housing Element was developed to meet state planning requirements for accommodating future housing needs. The City of San Leandro's first Housing Element was adopted in 2003 and is part of the City's General Plan, which is the broader document that guides decisions about land use, transportation, natural resources, community design, public services and environmental hazards in San Leandro. The overall purpose of the Housing Element is to ensure that safe, decent, affordable shelter is provided for all San Leandro residents. The city began updating its Housing Element in 2009. The State Department of Housing and Community Development certified the updated Housing Element on February 11, 2011.
The Housing Element provides direction on the production of new market-rate and affordable homes, and guides the city's housing programs and activities. It includes policies and actions related to new construction and rehabilitation, affordable housing development, first-time homebuyer programs, housing for seniors and others with special needs and fair housing practices in San Leandro.
The Housing Element is the only part of the General Plan that must be formally certified by the State of California. San Leandro relies on a certified Housing Element to help secure funding for many of its housing-related programs.
The State requires cities to update their Housing Elements every five to seven years. Following is the most recent certified housing element;
The City is currently undergoing a public planning process to update its General Plan, including the Housing Element Update. Under State law, the City must submit a completed Housing Element Update to the State by January 31, 2015. For more information about the current planning process, please go to the General Plan Update website at www.sanleandro2035.org. The website provides information including background on the General Plan, upcoming public meetings for citizens to take part in, and an innovative online feature called Virtual City Hall for citizens to more conveniently provide feedback to the City about important growth, planning and land use issues for the future.