Housing Element Update

2023-2031 Housing Element

The City of Sonoma's 6th Cycle Housing Element has been adopted and approved. Thank you to all in our community that engaged in the process of updating this important document.

The Sonoma City Council approved the Sonoma 6th Cycle Housing Plan and Background Report and CEQA Notice of Exemption at their Special Meeting on Tuesday, January 31st.

On April 13, 2023, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) issued a letter to the City of Sonoma stating that they are “pleased to find the adopted housing element in full compliance with State Housing Element Law (Article 10.6 of the Gov. Code). The adopted element, including non-substantive modifications, which was posted on the City’s website, addresses the statutory requirements described in HCD’s January 24, 2023, review.”

The adopted Housing Plan can be viewed or downloaded below in three parts.

Learn more about the City's Housing Element update process, background information, Frequently Asked Questions, and what a Housing Element is below.

Archived News & Updates

Virtual Workshop – Spanish

Virtual Workshop – English

Housing Element Update Timeline

  • October 2021 - February 2022, Evaluate/Review Existing Conditions, Plans, and Programs
  • February/March 2022, Virtual Public Workshop and Community Survey
  • January - July 2022, Prepare initial Housing Element Analysis
  • August/September 2022, Public Review Draft Housing Element (30-day review)
  • August 18, 2022, General Plan, Housing Element Presentation
  • August/September, Community Open House
  • September/Outober, HCD Draft Housing Element (90-day HCD review)
  • January 2023, Adoption of Draft Housing Element
  • January 2023, Final Housing Element and Certification
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