Housing Element Update 2023

Latest Updates

DRAFT HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE (Public Review Period): The Housing Element Draft is available for public review by following the link below or by scanning the QR code on the flyer. Public comments may be submitted on or before 6PM on July 12, 2023 by emailing Keri Cobb kecobb@cityofwasco.org, by mail at City of Wasco, Attn: Keri Cobb, 764 E Street, Wasco, CA 93280. Comments may also be received by attending the Housing Element Workshop Meeting, on July 10, 2023 at 6:00PM at the City Hall, Council Chambers and providing comment during Public Comment. 

Wasco Draft Housing Element Update for Public Review (PDF)

The 2nd Housing Element Public Workshop is scheduled for July 10 at 6:00pm.  Please click the link below for more information.

2nd Public Workshop for Wasco Housing Element Update (PDF)

Informational Documents

Wasco HEU Brochure (PDF)
Wasco HEU Flyer (PDF)
Wasco HEU Mailer (PDF)

What is the purpose of the Housing Element?

Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community.

California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans as part of their “general plan” (also required by the state). General plans serve as the local government’s "blueprint" for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include nine elements: land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, air quality, environmental justice, and housing. 

The Housing Element provides policies and associated programs to accommodate growth, produce opportunity for the development of new housing units, preserve existing housing stock and provide housing opportunities for all economic segments of the community.

How can I get involved in the Housing Element Update process?

Fireworks Festival - Attend the Wasco Recreation and Parks District Fireworks Festival, Saturday July 1, 2023 at 4:00PM at Barker Park.  Representatives working on the Housing Element Update will be at the City booth to answer any questions and gather community information in support of the update. 

Community Workshops - Please attend our Housing Element workshop. Second Community Workshop to be held on: 
July 10, 2023, at 6:00PM
City Council Chambers
746 8th Street
Wasco, CA 93280

What is RHNA?

Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process is used to assign each city and county in California their “fair share” of new housing units to build. These units of housing are intended to accommodate existing need and projected growth in the region. The RHNA process is critical because it requires all cities and counties to plan for the housing needs of their residents, regardless of income, to plan for future growth and ease California’s acute housing crisis.

Why is the City updating its Housing Element?

The City is required by State Housing law to update its Housing Element every eight years. The Housing Element is part of the City’s General Plan. The current certified 5th Cycle Housing Element is for the 2014-2023 planning period. The City is in the process of preparing its 6th Cycle Housing Element for the 2023-2031 planning period.