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2021 Housing Element Update

The City's current Housing Element of the General Plan was approved in 2013 and outlines the City's housing goals from 2014 through 2021.  The State of California requires that each jurisdiction's housing element be updated every eight (8) years and certified by the State.  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.  

If you have specific questions or would like to be added to the contact list for the Housing Element Update please email



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Please take this brief survey that discusses the topic of Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) regulations in the City. 

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Relevant documents, public meeting notices and other resources will be posted here, check back often.  Send us an email at so that we can add you to our mailing list for information and updates regarding the Housing Element Update. 



The second Housing Element community meeting is scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 28, 2021 at 6:00 PM.  At this meeting, Planning staff will provide an overview of housing conditions in the City, discuss potential housing constraints, and strategies that can be used to make building housing the City easier. This meeting will also provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions, provide comments, and discuss the ongoing Housing Element update process and timeline. A notice for this meeting has been mailed out to all properties and residents in the City, which can be viewed here

You may participate in the meeting using a computer, tablet, or smartphone by accessing this link:, or you may participate by phone by calling: 

United States (Toll Free): 1 866 899 4679
United States: +1 (571) 317-3116

If dialing in on the phone, please enter the following access code when prompted:
Access Code: 954-861-509

The meeting will also be televised live at: and will be recorded and posted on this website in the future.



Planning Commission Study Session - March 11, 2021. Update on RHNA, Outreach, Timeline, and Potential ADU Ordinance

First Community Meeting on Housing Element Update - February 1, 2021. 

Planning Commission Study Session - November 12, 2020.  RHNA, Constraints on Housing Production and Housing Policy Strategies.

Planning Commission Study Session - October 22, 2020.  Existing Conditions and Current Context. 

Planning Commission Study Session - August 13, 2020. Introduction to Housing Elements and RHNA.


What is the Housing Element? 

State law requires each jurisdiction to adopt a General Plan, which is a comprehensive, long-term plan for its physical development. General Plans include several "elements" that address various topics. The Beverly Hills General Plan includes the following elements:

  • Land Use
  • Historic Preservation
  • Economic Sustainability
  • Open Space
  • Circulation
  • Conservation
  • Noise
  • Safety
  • Public Services
  • Housing

While most portions of a General Plan are updated every 20-25 years, State law requires that the Housing Element be updated every 8 years. Housing Element planning periods are sometimes referred to as "cycles". The City's current Housing Element covers the planning period extending from 2014 to 2021, which is referred to as the "5th Housing Element cycle" in reference to the five required updates that have occurred since the comprehensive revision to State Housing Element law in 1980. All cities in the Southern California Association of Governments ("SCAG") region are required to prepare a Housing Element update for the 6th Housing Element cycle, which spans the 2021-2029 period. The SCAG region includes Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, Ventura, and Imperial counties.

The City's 2014-2021 Housing Element focused on the following goals:

  • Conserve and improve the existing housing stock
  • Provide new housing opportunities 
  • Promote equal housing opportunities for all residents
  • Mitigate potential governmental constraints 

The Housing Element portion of the General Plan Annual Report provides information on the City's progress on these goals.  The most recent report can be accessed here.  With public input and direction from the Planning Commission and the City Council, these goals will be updated for the 2021-2029 Housing Element.

Check this page often for updates. Relevant documents, public meeting notices and other resources will be posted here.

For more information, see the Housing Element Update FAQ.


What is the Timeline for the Housing Element Update?

Housing Element Update Process Timeline

What is the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA)

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment ("RHNA") is a part of State 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 September 3, 2020, 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 3,096 new units for this upcoming planning period.  Additional information on RHNA can be found at Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) and at California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).

SCAG has prepared pre-certified housing data for the City, which can be found here.  This data will be utilized as baseline information for the updated Housing Element. 


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