Housing Element Update


Burlingame has started updating its housing element for the next update, and will be engaging the community starting in February 2022. There will be a series of online workshops, in-person "pop-up" events, and stakeholder meetings. 

The updated element is required to have been reviewed by HCD and adopted by the City Council by January 2023. 

First Up: Take the Housing Needs Survey. As part of the upcoming Housing Element Update, Burlingame is working on a study to determine which residents have the hardest time finding housing and what solutions would work best to address the county’s housing shortage. Please help us by taking a survey about your housing situation. It will only take 10 minutes, and will be strictly confidential.
Go to the survey here:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/21elementsAFH It is available in English and Spanish.

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.