How Bay Area Cities are Guiding the Region's Housing Growth

Lunchtime Forum


Broadway and 19th, Oakland

San Francisco, Oakland and San José are all in the middle of updating their housing elements, a state-mandated, critically-important component of a municipality’s General Plan that helps guide local growth and meet the housing needs of everyone in their community. However, the housing element process is never straightforward, requiring the incorporation of Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) quotas, numerous iterations and significant public outreach before the final draft can be submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development. Come hear from all three cities as they discuss their respective processes, the challenges they’ve encountered, how each plans to accommodate their RHNA allocations and how their elements can build upon each other to improve the future of housing in the Bay Area.

  • Lakshmi Rajagopalan / City of Oakland
  • Audrey Lieberworth / City of Oakland
  • Ruth Cueto / City of San José
  • Maia Small / City of San Francisco
  • Sujata Srivastava / SPUR

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