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Housing Element Update

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The City of Arcadia is updating the Housing Element for the years 2021 to 2029. The Housing Element is a state-required policy document that plans for current and future housing needs within Arcadia. It identifies strategies for expanding housing opportunities and services for all household types and income groups and provides policy guidance for local decision-making related to housing. 

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New! Housing Element Update Virtual Community Workshop
Please join us for the Housing Element Update Community Workshop taking place virtually on Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.! At this meeting, participants will learn about the Housing Element Update process and the City’s progress to date, hear the results from the community survey, and learn about potential strategies to accommodate the new housing units required by the State through the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). View the meeting information and the flyer below for additional details. Chinese translation services will be provided at the meeting. 

Virtual Community Workshop – Thursday, September 23, 2021 at 6:00 PM
To join via Zoom, go to:
To join by telephone, please call +1 (669) 900-6833 or +1 (253) 215-8782 and enter the Webinar ID
Webinar ID: 995 1215 6792
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New! Community Survey Summary
The City released a Community Survey related to the Housing Element Update on June 14, 2021 and over 700 responses were received. An initial summary of the survey results is available below. The survey results in their entirety will be included in the Draft Housing Element. 
Housing Element Update Community Survey Summary

What is the Housing Element?

The Housing Element is one of the 8 required Elements of the City’s General Plan. The General Plan establishes long-range planning and policy  in the City for land use and community design, economic development, circulation and infrastructure, resource sustainability, parks, recreation, and community resources, safety, noise, and housing. While the General Plan is a 25 year Plan, State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years. The City is currently updating its Housing Element for the 2021-2029 period. A major component of this update is the 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA"), in which the State estimates each region's housing needs for all income groups.  

Informational Video and Presentation 
Community outreach and participation is an important part of the Housing Element Update process. In an effort to keep the community informed, the City has prepared an outreach presentation, and informational videos by staff. To learn more about the Housing Element Update process, get a better understating of the RHNA process, and get informed about future opportunities for community participation, please view the videos below. The outreach presentation is available in English and Chinese at the links below. 

 Housing Element Presentation - English             Housing Element Presentation - Chinese
Housing Element Update - Presentation   Housing Element Update - Presentation (Chinese)

Public Involvement 
We want to hear from you! Relevant documents, public meeting notices, and other resources will be posted here, check back often.  Email us at Planning@ArcadiaCA.gov, or sign up using the form at the bottom of this page, if you would like to be added to our mailing list for information and updates regarding the Housing Element Update. 

What is RHNA?
The Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA") is a part of the State's housing element law that determines the projected and existing housing needs for each jurisdiction in the State.  In its Housing Element, the City must demonstrate to the State that there are no unnecessary barriers to the housing approval process in order to meet the RHNA allocation for the City.

On March 4, 2021, the Southern California Association of Governments ("SCAG") released its final draft allocation of housing units for each jurisdiction in its region, which can be found here. The City has received a final draft allocation of 3,214 new units for this upcoming planning period.  Additional information on RHNA can be found at SCAG and at California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

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The City of Arcadia has been allocated a RHNA of 3,214 total housing units with the following income breakdown:

  • 1,102 very-low income units;
  • 570 low income units;
  • 605 moderate income units; and
  • 937 above-moderate income units.
Housing element Timeline_9-20-21Additional Documents
Housing Types -  Definitions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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Questions? Contact Us!
Do you have questions about the Housing Element? Do you want more information on ways you can participate? Please contact us below:

Development Services Department
Planning Services

(626) 574-5423


Published: September 20, 2021