Housing Element Update

The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the Town's General Plan. Due to the critical nature of limited housing and housing affordability with statewide implications, State law requires Housing Elements to be updated on a regular basis. The Town of Atherton is currently part of an 8-year update cycle (2023-2031) and is working to update the Housing Element. The Housing Element must be reviewed and certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by January 2023. 

2023-2031 Draft Housing Element

The Town of Atherton’s Draft Housing Element for the 2023-31 cycle is available for public review and comment

Town of Atherton Draft Housing Element 2023-31 Update

Comments may be submitted online, via mail, email or phone by 5:00 p.m. on July 11, 2022. Mail, email and phone comments may be submitted to:

Ralph Robinson, Associate Planner

80 Fair Oaks Lane

Atherton, CA 94027



To submit a comment online, please use the form linked here.

Upcoming Meetings

During the public review and comment period, the Planning Commission will hold a virtual meeting on Thursday, June 23, 2022 at 1:00 pm. The agenda and staff report for the meeting is available here

Planning Commission June 23, 2022 Special Meeting Agenda

This meeting will be held via teleconference pursuant to Government Code section 54953(e) to provide the safest environment for staff and the public while allowing for public participation. The public may participate in the Planning Commission Meeting via Zoom Meeting using the details provided below.

Join Zoom Meeting: 
Meeting ID: 147-031-861
Dial In: +1 669 900 6833, 147031861#
Remote Public Comments: 
Meeting participants are encouraged to submit public comments in writing in advance of the meeting. The following email will be monitored during the meeting and public comments received will be read into the record.  
Email: sbertollo-davis@ci.atherton.ca.us


The City Council will review the Draft Housing Element and submitted comments at its Wednesday, July 20, 2022 meeting. The agenda and staff report for that meeting will be available by Thursday, July 14, 2022 here:

Most Recent City Council Agenda

Join the Conversation and our Email List

Stay up-to-date on the latest information by signing up for the Atherton Housing Element Update Email List.

The Town welcomes your input and comments as part of the update process! See below for the supporting documents discussing housing needs, policies, sites and land use plans. 

Previous Meetings and Supporting Documents

  • October 16, 2019 - City Council - Establishment of RHNA - Click Here 
  • November 4, 2020 - City Council - RHNA Report and Process - Click Here
  • April 28, 2021 - City Council - Housing Element Update Process - Click Here
  • February 24, 2022 - City Council - Housing Element Update - Click Here
  • March 16, 2022 - City Council Meeting - 2021 Annual Report on General Plan Implementation - Click Here
  • March 16, 2022 - City Council Meeting - Housing Strategies Discussion - Click Here
  • April 26, 2022 - Community Open House - To listen to AUDIO ONLY portions of that meeting click here
  • May 18, 2022 - City Council Meeting - Housing Strategy Refines - Click Here
  • May 24, 2022 - City Council Meeting - Special Meeting: Housing Strategies - Click Here
  • June 23, 2022 - Planning Commission Special Meeting - Draft Housing Element Presentation - Click Here

Overview of Materials  

The Town released a Special Edition Newsletter - Housing Element Update. 

To read the full issue - Click Here.

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