The Housing Element 2022 Update is Fairfax's housing plan for the next 8 years (2023-2031). It will include policies and programs that express our collective vision and values for the future of housing in Fairfax.
The Housing Element is one of the Town’s General Plan Elements. It is a policy document that identifies where, how, and how much housing Fairfax is mandated to plan for to accommodate existing and projected future housing needs for people of all income groups. This update will determine what our housing needs are and how we will work to address them, defining priorities for decision making and resource allocation for housing programs, development, and services.
This is the sixth time the Town will have updated its Housing Element and may also be referred to as the "6th Housing Element Cycle" or "6th Cycle."
Expectations from the State of California
In the 2023-2031 6th Cycle update, the Town is expected to accommodate a minimum of 490 new homes. The draft update for this will be reviewed for certification by the state agency, Housing and Community Development (HCD).
While the Town Council is appealing its assigned number of new homes, we are tasked with completing the update on schedule, regardless of development constraints. With your participation and input – we will plan for this growth while minimizing impacts on Fairfax’s unique culture and character.
Project milestone tasks
These are the milestone tasks that make up the total Housing Element update process:
- Site Inventory- current opportunity sites plus new alternatives will be considered in order to meet existing and future housing needs.
- Safety Element - updates to the safety element may be required to match what may be changed in the housing element update.
- Housing Element - programs, policies, and possible zoning changes will be considered and drafted through this process towards HCD certification.
- California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) - any update to the General Plan requires some amount of environmental review and it will be determined as soon as possible whether the Housing Element update actions will require a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) or an Initial Study.