2014 Housing Element Process and Meetings

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The Town of Portola Valley started work on updating the Housing Element of its General Plan in November of 2013 and held a number of meetings before the Planning Commission and Town Council as part of developing the Housing Element (see below for a list of meetings, information about each meeting, and links to the agendas, staff reports, and minutes).  

The Town Council adopted the 2014 Housing Element and the Initial Study/Negative Declaration at their meeting on January 14, 2015. Links to these documents are provided below:

California law requires that Housing Elements be reviewed by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to assess their compliance with state law. HCD reviewed a draft of the 2014 Housing Element and found that the draft would comply with housing element law. A link to the letter is provided below:

Information About Meetings

January 14, 2015 - Town Council Public Hearing
Topics Discussed:  Public Hearing on the 2014 Housing Element and Initial Study/Negative Declaration
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November 19, 2014 - Planning Commission Public Hearing
Topics Discussed:  Public Hearing on the 2014 Housing Element and Initial Study/Negative Declaration
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June 18, 2014 - Town Council Study Session
Topics Discussed:  Review of the full draft housing element update
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June 4, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics Discussed:  Finalizing the draft housing element
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May 21, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Goals, Policies, Housing Constraints
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May 7, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Goals, Policies
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April 2, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Draft Demographics section, Housing Programs section
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March 5, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Draft Site Inventory, Potential Changes to Housing Programs 
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February 5, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Town's RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Allocation) Numbers, Affordability of Second Units and Current Second Unit Production Rates, Affiliated Housing Program, State Density Bonus Law
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January 15, 2014 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Inclusionary Housing, State Density Bonus Law, Second Unit Program 
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December 18, 2013 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Second Unit Program
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December 4, 2013 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed: Overview of Housing Element Requirements, Second Unit Program
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November 20, 2013 - Planning Commission Study Session
Topics discussed:  Overview of Housing Element Program and Schedule, Second Unit Program
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November 13, 2013 - Joint Study Session of the Town Council & Planning Commission
Topics discussed:  Overview of Housing Element Program, Second Unit Program, Affiliated Housing, Inclusionary Housing
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