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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.  

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*On October 12, 2021, the City Council of the City of Beverly Hills adopted the 2021-2029 Housing Element, and the Mitigated Negative Declaration. A recording of the City Council meeting may be viewed here.*

Click here for: the final adopted version of the Housing Element document and Mitigated Negative Declaration




The final adopted Housing Element document is now available here. The 2021-2029 Housing Element was adopted by resolution of the City Council on October 12, 2021. 



The final adopted Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration for the Housing Element document is now available here.  Comments on the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration were accepted up until October 11, 2021, and responses to the comments have been included as exhibits to the Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration.



In response to the comments provided by HCD, staff has revised the 2021-2029 Housing Element document. This will be presented to the Planning Commission at its upcoming September 23, 2021 regular meeting. Please see the staff report (part 1 and part 2) and agenda for more information on the content of the Housing Element, and how to participate in the upcoming Commission meeting.  

The revised Housing Element document can be found here: 2021-2029 HOUSING ELEMENT DOCUMENT



The Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element was presented to the Planning Commission at its May 27, 2021 meeting, during which the Commission provided comments and thoughts on the draft. The City Council was also recently informed of the City's submittal of the Draft Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) at its June 1, 2021 meeting. Staff submitted the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element to HCD on June 2, 2021. 

The Draft Housing Element as submitted may be found here: DRAFT HOUSING ELEMENT 2021-2029



City Council Formal Session - October 12, 2021. City Council reviewed the Housing Element document, and adopted a resolution to adopt the 2021-2029 Housing Element and to adopt the Mitigated Negative Declaration.

City Council Study Session - October 12, 2021. City Council reviewed and discussed the revised Housing Element document. 

Planning Commission Public Hearing - September 23, 2021. Planning Commission reviewed the revised Housing Element document and adopted a resolution recommending approval to the City Council. 

City Council Study Session - June 1, 2021. Council informed of Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element submittal to HCD. 

Planning Commission Study Session - May 27, 2021. Review of Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element. 

Second Community Meeting on Housing Element Update - April 28, 2021.

 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.



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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. 


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 was utilized as baseline information for the updated Housing Element. 


safety Element update

As required by state law, the City is now working to prepare an updated version of the Safety Element of the General Plan.  The Safety Element is a chapter of the General Plan that analyzes potential risks related to natural disasters and public emergencies, and includes goals and policies to help prepare and mitigate such hazards.  The City's last update of the Safety Element occurred as part of the General Plan comprehensive update in 2010, and can be found here. The City's Local Hazard Mitigation Plan (covering the period from 2017-2022) was adopted in 2019, and is a subsection of the Safety Element focused on disaster prevention. The updates to the Safety Element will include an assessment of climate change risks and resiliency methods, and the risk of fire for land in Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones, among other topics. 


At the November 18, 2021 Planning Commission Study Session, staff will present a brief overview of this project, and the City's consultant will be available to provide additional information and answer questions. More information regarding this will be posted on the Planning Commission agenda, which will be available here

Once the draft updated version of the Safety Element is prepared, the City will submit it to the State Board of Forestry and Fire Protection for a 90-day review period, and to the CA Geological Survey of the Department of Conservation for a 45-day review period. After these review periods are completed, staff will incorporate feedback into the revised version of the Safety Element before presenting this to the Planning Commission and City Council for final review and adoption. 

If you have any questions regarding this project, please contact:

Chloe Chen, Associate Planner

(310) 285-1194

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