Housing Element
2023-2031 Draft Housing Element

The County has released for public review the draft Housing Element (click here to review) that outlines expected housing needs for the next eight years, from 2023 to 2031. The 2023-31 draft Housing Element covers the unincorporated areas of San Mateo County, that is the half of the county not within a city or town limits. This ranges from rural (Pescadero, Montara) to suburban (Broadmoor, Emerald Lake Hills) to urban (North Fair Oaks, unincorporated Colma).

The Housing Element serves as a guide to address the comprehensive housing needs of the unincorporated areas (click here for more info). The primary focus of the Housing Element is to ensure decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for current and future residents of the unincorporated areas, including those with special needs.

The draft Housing Element incorporates strategies to create up to 3,414 new housing units of various kinds in the unincorporated areas. Key goals also include protecting existing affordable housing, supporting housing for households with extremely low to moderate-incomes and promoting housing near employment and transportation centers.

This Public Review Draft of the 2023-2031 Housing Element will be available for at least 30 days. Comments on any aspect of the Draft Housing Element may be submitted through the form on the Planning & Building page (click here) or transmitted directly to William Gibson at wgibson@smcgov.org. The San Mateo County Board of Supervisors will hold a hearing on the Draft Housing Element at their regularly scheduled meeting on December 6, 2022.

Comments on any aspect of the draft Housing Element may be submitted until Dec. 18, 2022.