Sixth Cycle Housing Element Update

Due to the City’s ongoing response to COVID-19 and the temporary postponement of 6th Cycle Housing Element Citizens’ Task Force Meetings during this time, the City will be extending the end date of the online housing survey to April 20, 2020. This extension is intended to provide ample time for property owners and residents alike to participate in the critical, forward-looking housing survey. Your feedback, together with your neighbors’, will help shape Del Mar’s goals, policies, and programs related to housing that will ultimately be included in the City’s next certified Housing Element. You can take the survey online (computer or smart phone) through April 20, 2020 by clicking the button below: 

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The San Diego region is currently in the process of transitioning from the 5th Cycle planning period, to the 6th Cycle planning period which covers an eight year span from 2021-2029.  Before the onset of the 6th Cycle planning period, the City of Del Mar must update the Housing Element of our Community Plan to comply with State law.  This local Community Plan update will take place throughout 2020 and must be completed prior to April 2021.

What is the Housing Element?

The Housing Element is a State-mandated policy document within the Del Mar Community Plan that provides direction for the implementation of various programs to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all income levels within the Del Mar community.  The Housing Element provides policies, programs, and actions that accommodate growth, produce opportunity for the development of new housing units, preserve existing housing stock, and assist the existing population.


The City’s current Housing Element (5th Cycle) was adopted by the City Council in 2013 and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).  The adopted Housing Element covers the planning period from April, 2013, through April, 2021.  Staff is currently implementing the respective actions and programs for the current planning cycle.  The next housing cycle (6th Cycle) will cover the planning period from April 2021 to 2029.

To comply with State law, the City’s Housing Element must be updated to ensure the city’s policies and programs can accommodate estimated housing growth need identified in the San Diego County Association of Government’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation for the 2021-2029 planning period. Any future changes to Housing Element policy will require environmental review pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The 6th Cycle Housing Element and associated environmental document(s) will be reviewed for compliance with state law by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and adopted by the City Council no later than April 15, 2021.  

To meet these statutory deadlines, the local Del Mar approval process will need to be completed by October 30, 2020 (detailed timeline below). The City Council will function as Del Mar’s Housing Committee so that regularly-scheduled City Council meetings may be used as a public forum to consider associated housing issues, receive public input, discuss options, and provide direction to City staff and the consultant. 

Work on the 6th Cycle Housing Element is already underway in order to meet the aggressive deadlines set by State law. The update will be broken down into five main steps:

  1. Assessment of City-wide Housing Needs and Opportunities;
  2. Drafting of Goals, Policies, Programs and Objectives (GPPOs);
  3. Preparation of CEQA - Environmental Review Documents as applicable;
  4.  Preparation of the Sixth Cycle Housing Element; and
  5. Coordination with HCD to Obtain State Certification

The identified five steps and local adoption process are envisioned to take place from November 2019 through October 2020, and will include a multitude of public outreach efforts, such as development of a community-wide survey tool(s), and public hearings both at the Planning Commission and City Council to help shape future policy decisions.

On January 13, 2020 the City Council Established a seven member 6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force to work with Staff and the City Council Housing Liaisons to:

  1. Discuss, evaluate, and provide feedback on potential goals, policies, programs, and objectives to be included within the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update during preparation of the associated CEQA document;
  2. To help educate and encourage Housing Element participation among fellow Del Mar citizens; and
  3. Generally aid the City in the preparation and development of the 6th Cycle Housing Element Update during preparation of the associated CEQA document.

The public is invited to attend all Task Force meetings which are held bi-weekly on Thursdays, beginning February 6, 2020 through May 7, 2020.  The Task Force has asked the City to provide their contact information on the City’s website. If you would like to reach out to one or more of the Task Force members, you can do so using the contact information below.

Task Force Roster

For more information on the Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force you can visit their web page below: 

6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force Web Page

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  4. RHNA

Anticipated 6th Cycle Housing Element Update Timeline (Subject to Change)

The City Council on March 14 approved an emergency declaration to address Coronavirus, cancelling ALL public meetings through April 6, and cancelling all events in City buildings and parks through May 31, 2020.

Public meeting cancellations include the City Council’s March 23 meeting and those of nearly a dozen advisory committees, including the 6th Cycle Housing Element Ad-Hoc Citizens’ Task Force. 

The schedule below is subject to change based on the cancellations mentioned above.6th Cycle Housing Element Anticipated Timeline