Housing Element Update
California State law requires every city and county to adopt a General Plan containing seven required elements:
- Land Use
- Open Space
The Housing Element is required to be updated every eight years and is subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Learn more on the California Department of Housing and Community Development website.
The General Plan Housing Element is the master plan for housing development in the community. The current Chino Hills Housing Element Update (2014-2021) was adopted in 2015 (Resolution No. 2015R-10). This Housing Element Update reflects the City of Chino Hills’ efforts to provide adequate and affordable housing for all persons in the community.
Status of 2021-2029 6th Cycle Housing Element
- September 8, 2022 - The City received the HCD Housing Element Approval Letter certifying the City of Chino Hills 6th Cycle Housing Element.
- August 16, 2022 - The City Council adopted the City of Chino Hills 6th Cycle Housing Element (see links below at a special meeting on August 16, 2022. The adopted Housing Element and its Appendices were submitted to HCD for state approval
- July 25, 2022 - The Revised Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element, dated July 25, 2022, incorporates changes to the City’s Housing Element which was previously adopted on February 8, 2022. The changes to the Housing Element have been made to address comments provided by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). The Revised Draft does not modify the RHNA site inventory presented in the adopted Housing Element, nor any of the Housing Element appendices. Major changes to the revised draft include the reorganization and expansion of Section IV, Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing, and Section VI, Housing Policy Metrics which describe implementation measures for the Housing Element Goals and Policies. Pursuant to AB 215, the Revised Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element was posted on the City’s website and available for review and comment for seven days, from July 27 - August 3, 2022, and a link of the Revised Draft Housing Element was emailed to all individuals and organizations that have previously requested notices relating to the City’s Housing Element. The Revised Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element is scheduled for review by the City Planning Commission at a special meeting on August 4, 2022 at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers, and for consideration for adoption by the City Council at a special meeting on August 16, 2022 at 5 p.m. in the Council Chambers.
- February 10, 2022 - The adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element was submitted to HCD on February 10, 2022. After a review of the submitted document, HCD sent a response letter on April 11, 2022, indicating a need for additional revisions to fully comply with State Housing Element Law (click link below). City staff is continuing best efforts to meet the state requirements.
- February 8, 2022 - The City Council adopted the City of Chino Hills 6th Cycle Housing Element (see links below) on February 8, 2022.
- January 25, 2022 - The City Council held a public hearing on January 25, 2022 to review the most current draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (click link below). Staff is still waiting for additional comments from HCD and the public hearing was continued to February 8, 2022.
- January 11, 2022 - The City Council held a public hearing on January 11, 2022 to review the current draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element (click link below). Staff is waiting for additional comments from HCD and so the public hearing has been continued to January 25, 2022 where the Council will adopt the Housing Element and recommend submission to HCD.
- November 10, 2021 - The Initial Study - Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS-MND) for the 6th Cycle Housing Element was submitted to the State Clearinghouse (No. 2021110174) on November 10, 2021. Clink link below.
- September 3, 2021 - A comment letter was received from HCD on September 3, 2021, requesting that several areas of the draft be enhanced. A copy of the comment letter is available below. The City sent a response to the HCD comment letter on October 14, 2021, and is also available below.
July 26, 2021 - The City submitted the Draft 2021-2029 6th Cycle Housing Element update on July 6, 2021, to California Department of Housing and Community Development for their 60-day review per Government Code Section 65585. A complete copy of the draft report is available for in-person review at the Community Development public counter or digitally via the link below.
2021 Housing Element Update Process
At the end of 2021, the current Chino Hills Housing Element will be at the end of its planning cycle. State law requires regular updates to ensure compliance with any changes in State housing laws, allow the City to become eligible for State grants and funding sources, consider changes in demographics, and demonstrate the ability to meet future housing needs. Once the City receives its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) figure, we can appropriately update the Housing Element, which may include rezoning efforts to meet the state requirements. The City of Chino Hills is encouraging its residents to participate in the Housing Element Update workshops that will be held by the Planning Commission using virtual Zoom webinars. Topics covered will include analyses of the Housing Element requirements and process; the City’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA); provision of housing for all economic segments of the community; and the opportunities and constraints to identifying adequate sites to meet meeting the City’s RHNA allocation. For further information, please call 909-364-2740.
City Council and Planning Commission Special Meetings
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 at 3 pm
The Special Meeting provides a comprehensive review of the Housing Element Update schedule, "Lower Income" High Density housing development standards, potential "Lower Income" High Density housing sites update, potential "Moderate Income" Medium Density sites update, the preliminary Draft Housing Element sections "Community Profile" and "Community Goals and Policies," and Planning Commission comments from the 6th Housing Element Update workshop.
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at 3 pm
The Special Meeting provides a comprehensive overview of the State of California’s Housing Element requirements and RHNA process; the City’s previous actions of submitting concerns and appeals of the RHNA; the legal penalties local governments face if they fail to comply; and a summary of public feedback and input collected and addressed in previous Workshops.
Frequently Asked Questions from Public Workshops
What is RHNA?
- The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State Housing Law as part of the periodic process of updating local housing elements of the General Plan. The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is in the process of developing the 6th cycle RHNA allocation plan which will cover the planning period October 2021 through October 2029. It is planned for adoption by SCAG in October 2021.
Why does the City of Chino Hills need to comply with RHNA?
- State RHNA allocations override local residential growth control ordinances, including Measure U. In addition, the City of Chino Hills adopted Measure U contains language recognizing the mandate to comply with State RHNA obligations, Measure U states:
Notwithstanding the foregoing, the City Council may increase residential density as necessary to meet the City’s minimum mandated Housing Element requirements as set forth in California Government Code §65580, et seq., as amended from time to time, including, without limitation, the City’s share of regional housing needs.
What are the penalties if Chino Hills does not comply with RHNA?
- There are a number of different penalties the City could face if it does not comply or is late submitting the Housing Element including:
- Chino Hills being required to submit a four-year update to its Housing Element rather than the current eight-year cycle
- The City becoming ineligible for State grant funds, which could result in a loss of $500,000-$900,000
- The City being referred to the Attorney General
- View the full list of non-compliance penalties here
Planning Commission Public Workshops
Check back here for an updated workshop schedule and instructions to participate virtually through Zoom.
Workshop #1 - Tuesday, February 2, 2021 at 7 pm
Workshop #2 - Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 7 pm
Workshop #3 - Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 7 pm
Workshop #4 - Tuesday, March 16, 2021 at 7 pm
Workshop #5 - Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 7 pm
Workshop #6 - Tuesday, May 18, 2021 at 7 pm
When will the City receive its final RHNA allocation?
The City of Chino Hills received its final RHNA allocation of housing units in February. This allocation includes very low, low, moderate, and above moderate-income residential units. Through RHNA, the State has allocated over 1.3 million new housing units to be planned for across the southern California region to address the housing crisis and provide adequate housing for all economic segments of the community. Chino Hills has been allocated 3,729 total RHNA units which must be included in the Housing Element update.
TOTAL RHNA UNITS FOR CHINO HILLS*
Very low income (<50% of AMI**)
Low income (50-80% of AMI)
Moderate income (80-120% of AMI)
|Above moderate income (>120% of AMI)||731|
|*calculation difference due to rounding; **AMI = Adjusted median income, based on the County of San Bernardino average incomes.|
Each community’s fair share of housing is determined through a process known as Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). The RHNA process has three main steps:
RHNA Process Steps
1. Regional Housing Needs Estimates - The state department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) estimates the amount of new housing each of the state’s regions would need to build to accommodate the number of households projected to live there in the future. Household projections are based on an analysis of demographic trends and population growth estimates from the state Department of Finance (DOF). Each region’s housing needs are grouped into four categories based on the anticipated income levels of future households: very-low, low, moderate, and above-moderate income.
2. Allocation of Housing Within Each Region - Regional Councils of Governments (regional planning organizations governed by elected officials from the region’s cities and counties) allocate a share of their region’s projected housing need to each city and county. Cities and counties receive separate housing targets for very-low, low, moderate, and above-moderate income households. Each council of government develops its own methodology for allocating housing amongst its cities and counties. State law, however, lays out a variety of requirements and standards these methodologies must meet.
3. Allocations Incorporated Into Housing Elements - Cities and counties incorporate their share of the regional allocation into their housing element. Communities typically do so by demonstrating how they plan to accommodate their projected housing needs in each income category.