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Burlingame has started updating its housing element for the next update, and has been engaging the community. There has be a series of online workshops, in-person "pop-up" events, and stakeholder meetings. 

Annual Joint City Council/Planning Commission Meeting
The City Council and Planning Commission met on Saturday, April 23rd for its annual joint meeting and discussed the Housing Element Update. 
Presentation Slides

City of Burlingame Housing Element Outreach Meetings
The City of Burlingame held two interactive online workshops to obtain community input on the Housing Element. The first was held on March 23rd and the second on April 6th. The workshops included presentations, polling questions, use of chat for comments and questions, and public comment. 

Workshop #1 on March 23rd provided a high-level overview of Housing Element requirements and the planning process. Participants were asked to share their comments and concerns and ideas related to specific housing sites.

Workshop #1 Presentation Slides (pdf) - click here

The video of the workshop is below:



Workshop #2 on April 6th provided a review of the housing element process and the potential sites that would be included in the Housing Element. City staff shared some of the existing policies and identified seven new policy ideas for consideration. Participants were asked to share their opinion on the policies and then explain their response using the chat. The input provided a good understanding of community concerns along with some ideas for strengthening or bolstering these ideas.

Workshop #2 Presentation Slides (pdf) - click here

The video of the workshop is below:



Let's Talk Housing San Mateo County
In the fall of 2021, there was a countywide outreach program administered by the 21 Elements collaborative. 21 Elements includes all 20 San Mateo County municipalities, as well as unincorporated San Mateo County. The outreach was referred to as “Let’s Talk Housing San Mateo County” with the intention of increasing awareness of and participation in the Housing Element Update process. A dedicated Let’s Talk Housing website includes information on the Housing Element Update process, as well as a “Housing 101” primer. Four meetings were held virtually and can be viewed at www.letstalkhousing.org/past-events. There are also two general videos, “What’s a Housing Element” and “San Mateo County Housing Trends.” Videos are available in English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic.
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About the Housing Element 
The Housing Element is the City's master plan for accommodating the housing needs of Burlingame's current and future residents. It is a comprehensive document that addresses a range of housing issues such as affordability, design, housing types, density and location. It includes a summary of past trends and future projections, the status of the City's housing stock and opportunities for the development of new housing.

All local governments within the State of California are required to periodically update their housing elements on a schedule determined by the State Office of Housing and Community Development (HCD). Burlingame adopted its current Housing Element in 2015, for an eight-year cycle, and is about to embark on the next update, to be adopted by January 2023.

Housing element law requires local governments to adequately plan to meet their existing and projected housing needs including their share of the regional housing need. HCD provides a projection of future growth for the State, and this number is translated into housing units that should be built to accommodate this projected growth. Bay Area Metro (encompassing the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) and Metropolitan Transportation Commission) has taken the housing number for the Bay Area region and provided each community with their Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) number, which is the number of housing units that the cities must provide for in the next eight years.

2015-2023 Housing Element
The Burlingame City Council approved the Draft 2015-2023 Housing Element on January 5, 2015.

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