Housing Element

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Town Council Meeting - January 30, 2023

On January 30, 2023, the Town Council will hold a public hearing to consider adoption of the Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element.

This meeting will be held on January 30, 2023 at 7:00 p.m.  If you are interested in providing oral comments real-time during the meeting, you may  join in-person at 110 E. Main Street, Los Gatos, CA 95030 in the Town Council Chambers, or via the Zoom webinar at: https://zoom.us/join, Meeting ID: 865 0635 8908 ; Passcode: 396598.

Or telephone dial: USA 877 336 1839 US Toll-free or 636 651 0008 US Toll. Conference code: 686100.

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The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Findings/Comment Letter

On January 12, 2023, the Town received HCD’s findings/comment letter on the Draft Housing Element. HCD determined that the Town’s Draft Housing Element addresses many statutory requirements but identified revisions necessary to comply with State Housing Element law.  HCD considered additional public comments that were submitted directly to HCD and can be viewed here

Planning Commission Meeting - January 11, 2023

On January 11, 2023, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the Town Council to adopt the Draft 2023-2031 Housing Element. The staff report, attachments, and video of the meeting can be viewed on the Town’s website at https://losgatos-ca.municodemeetings.com/.

HCD Initial Review Draft Housing Element Submitted to HCD for Preliminary Review 

The 30-day Public Review Period is Complete but Public Comments Are Still Encouraged Throughout the Process

On October 14, 2022, the Town submitted the HCD Initial Review Draft Housing Element to HCD for preliminary review and comment. Materials distributed to HCD included the following:


Housing Element 2023-2031
Thank you for visiting the Town’s 2023-2031 Housing Element Update webpage.  The Town of Los Gatos is required to prepare an updated Housing Element for the period covering 2023-2031 by January 31, 2023. To learn more, visit:https://engagelosgatoshousing.com/.

What is the Housing Element?
The Housing Element is the Town’s strategic plan for housing the Town’s present and future residents.  The State of California requires the Town to update its Housing Element every eight years.  The Town has begun updating its Housing Element for the next eight-year period, 2023-2031.

In accordance with State law, the Housing Element update must include, at the minimum, the following sections: 

  1. An analysis of housing needs of the Town’s population; 
  2. An inventory of housing sites to accommodate future growth;
  3. An analysis of housing constraints that impact housing production;
  4. Programs that implement the City's housing policies; and
  5. Action that promotes and furthers fair housing opportunities.

Housing Element Advisory Board
The Housing Element Advisory Board (HEAB) assists with the preparation of the Housing Element and provides recommendations on specific strategies, concepts, and/or policies to accommodate the Town’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) of 1,993 housing units for the next eight-year period (2023-2031).  More information on HEAB meetings, agendas and minutes are available on the HEAB Agenda and Minutes page.  

Join the Conversation
If you are interested in upcoming Housing Element update meetings, participation in the process or general information, please visit the Town’s Housing Element website at engagelosgatoshousing.com and/or send an email to HEUpdate@losgatosca.gov. To stay up-to-date on the most recent Housing Element news, be sure to sign up for Notify Me and subscribe to General Plan Update 2040.

Housing Element 2015-2023
On May 5, 2015, the Town Council adopted the 2015-2023 Housing Element for the Town of Los Gatos. The adopted Housing Element was certified by the State Housing and Community Development Department on May 20, 2015.
State HCD 2015-2023 Housing Element Certification Letter
2015-2023 Housing Element
2015-2023 Housing Element Technical Appendices
Housing Element Advisory Board Agendas, Staff Reports and Materials

For more information, please contact Joel Paulson, Community Development Director.