On September 7, 2021, the City Council adopted the Housing Element for 2021-2029. As required by law, the document was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for their certification. HCD responded with a letter to the City, in which, HCD found that the Housing Element did not comply with state law. In response, staff has worked with HCD on revisions to the adopted document. Prior to re-submittal to HCD, Version 2 of the Housing Element must be approved by the City of Woodland.
On March 21, 2023, the revised 6th Cycle Housing Element Version 2 was adopted by the Woodland City Council and submitted to HCD for review. On April 28, 2023, the city of Woodland received a letter from HCD finding the revised Housing Element in compliance with State Housing Law. (Final 6th Cycle Housing Element)
The Housing Element is one of the seven mandated elements of the City of Woodland General Plan. It sets forth the City's strategy to preserve and enhance the community's residential character, expand housing opportunities for all economic segments, and provide guidance and direction for local government decision-making in all matters related to housing. The Housing Element Update:
Covers the 2021-2029 planning period
Provides an assessment of current and future housing needs, and the resources and constraints related to those needs.
Provides a comprehensive strategy that establishes the basis for housing goals, policies, and programs.