Housing Element Update 2021 - 2029

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California State law requires every city and county to adopt a General Plan containing seven required elements:
  1. Land Use
  2. Circulation
  3. Housing
  4. Conservation
  5. Safety
  6. Open Space
  7. Noise

The Housing Element must be updated every eight years and is subject to detailed statutory requirements and mandatory review by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).


The City is circulating the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element update to the community and other stakeholders for their 60-day review per Government Code Section 65585. A complete copy of the draft report is available for in-person review at the Community Development public counter or digitally via the link below.

Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element

2021 Housing Element Update

At the end of 2021, the current South Gate Housing Element will end its planning cycle. State law requires regular updates to ensure compliance with any changes in State housing laws, allow the City to become eligible for State grants and funding sources, consider changes in demographics, and demonstrate the ability to meet future housing needs. Once the City receives its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) figure, we can appropriately update the Housing Element, including rezoning efforts to meet the state requirements. The City of South Gate encourages its residents to participate in the Housing Element Update workshops held by the Planning Commission using virtual Zoom webinars. Topics covered will include analyses of the Housing Element requirements and process; the City’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA); provision of housing for all economic segments of the community; and the opportunities and constraints to identifying adequate sites to meet meeting the City’s RHNA allocation. For further information, please call 323-563-9529.

City Council and Planning Commission and Other Special Meetings

Tuesday, February 2, 2021, at 7 PM

The Special Meeting provides a comprehensive review of the Housing Element Update schedule, "Lower Income" High-Density housing development standards, potential "Lower Income" High-Density housing sites update, potential "Moderate Income" Medium Density sites update, the preliminary Draft Housing Element sections "Community Profile" and "Community Goals and Policies."

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Frequently Asked Questions from Public Workshops

What is RHNA?

State Housing Law mandates the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) as part of the periodic process of updating local housing elements of the General Plan. The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during specified planning periods. Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is developing the 6th cycle RHNA allocation plan which will cover the planning period October 2021 through October 2029. It is planned for adoption by SCAG in October 2021.

Why does the City of South Gate need to comply with RHNA?

State RHNA allocations override local residential growth control ordinances; however, the City Council may increase residential density as necessary to meet the City’s minimum mandated Housing Element requirements as outlined in California Government Code §65580, et seq., as amended from time to time, including, without limitation, the City’s share of regional housing needs.

What are the penalties if the City does not comply with RHNA?

There are a number of different penalties the City could face if it does not comply or is late submitting the Housing Element, including:
  • The City is required to submit a four-year update to its Housing Element rather than the current eight-year cycle
  • The City becoming ineligible for State grant funds, which could result in a loss of $500,000-$900,000
  • The City is referred to the Attorney General View the full list of non-compliance penalties here