What if we don't adopt a compliant Housing Element?

If the Town does not comply with State law, the Town can be sued and remains open to builder's remedy applications that do not have to comply with local zoning and land use laws. In addition, the Town could face significant fines from the State and a court could limit the Town's local land use decision-making authority until we adopt a compliant Housing Element. There are these and other consequences built into State law. The Town's Housing Element is subject to regulatory oversight by the California Department of Housing and Community Development. The Town must report compliance annually.

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1. What is a Housing Element?
2. What if we don't adopt a compliant Housing Element?
3. What are "zone changes"?
4. What does affordable housing mean in Atherton?
5. How does Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) affect the Town’s Housing Element?
6. What is Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)?
7. What Are the Components of a Housing Element?
8. How is a Jurisdiction's Housing Need Determined?
9. What is the Town of Atherton's RHNA Allocation for 2023-31?
10. Who came up with the number of units the Town must produce?
11. What is Builder’s Remedy?
12. What is the status of Builder’s Remedy proposals in Atherton?