Housing Element Update


Each local government in California is required to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of the city or county. The housing element is one of the seven mandated elements of the local general plan. Housing element law requires that local governments adequately plan to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. In order for the private market to adequately address housing needs and demand, local governments must adopt land use plans and regulatory systems which provide opportunities for, and do not unduly constrain, housing development. Housing element law also requires the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to review local housing elements for compliance with State law and to report its written findings to the local government. 

A summary of the incentives and consequences of a compliant Housing Element is available from HCD.


Final Housing Element


The City has revised the Draft Housing Element in response to public comments received in January and February by written correspondence and verbal comment at the two public workshops held on February 7th and February 10th  where the draft was presented and discussed. Revisions have also been made in response to feedback received from the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) as part of the Housing Element certification process. The revised draft as well as a matrix of public comments and City responses are available at the links below.  This revised Draft Housing Element will be re-submitted to HCD on March 25th.

Revised Draft Housing Element with tracked changes

Revised Draft Housing Element - clean version

Public Comment and Response Matrix

HCD Review Letter

HCD Comment Response Matrix


A Draft of the updated Housing Element is available for public review and comment through February 18, 2022. Written comments can be provided by email to housing@cityofslt.us or by mail to Zach Thomas, Housing Manager, 1052 Tata Lane, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96150.

View and/or download the Draft Housing Element by clicking here.


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The first public workshops for the Housing Element update were held on October 12, 2021 (virtual) and October 14, 2021 (in-person). The presentation for those workshops are available below.

Public Workshop Presentation - English

Public Workshop Presentation - Spanish

The City prepared a comprehensive update of its 2008 Housing Element for the 2014 – 2022 planning cycle and submitted it to HCD for review. On April 18, 2014, HCD reported their findings and found the City’s 2014 Housing Element to meet the statutory requirements of State housing element law. The 2014 Housing Element was adopted by the City Council on May 20, 2014. 

2014 Housing Element Documents

A collection of all the documents involved in the preparation of developing the 2014 Housing Element can be downloaded below:

Initial Study/Negative Declaration, February 2014

City of South Lake Tahoe Resolution 2014-32

Final Housing Element, May 20, 2014

Certification Letter

February 7, 2022 Housing Element Update Public Workshop Presentation