Key Documents and Frequently Used Resources
The best way to use the 21 Elements resources is one section at a time. Pull up your old Housing Element and choose what section you will work on. Look in the jurisdiction specific material folder and the countywide material below. Don't forget to review the specific page for more resources (for example, key outreach material is summarized here, but there are more resources on the Outreach Page). Remember, different jurisdictions signed up for different packages, so not all material is available for all municipalities.
Table of Contents
Jurisdiction Specific Materials
Included are Housing Needs, HE Evaluations, AFFH materials, and Community Engagement materials.
Atherton | Belmont | Brisbane | Burlingame | City of San Mateo | Colma | Daly City | East Palo Alto | Foster City | Half Moon Bay | Hillsborough | Menlo Park | Millbrae | Pacifica | Portola Valley | Redwood City | San Bruno | San Carlos |South San Francisco | Unincorporated San Mateo County | Woodside
RHNA 5 Evaluation
21 Elements met with jurisdictions to review what was accomplished in their previous Housing Element. We then provided a strike-through/underline version for jurisdictions to work from. There is also a narrative summarizing key accomplishments. This is in your jurisdiction specific folder.
Housing Needs Data
There are three parts to this: big-picture countywide trends; short bullet point list of key facts; and an ABAG-supplied narrative write-up of all HCD required information. The first resource is below and the second two resources are in your jurisdiction specific folder. Be sure to read ABAG's instructions for how to use their data (instructions below). Also check the At-Risk Affordable Housing Document (below), to see if your jurisdiction has any at-risk units.
Countywide Housing Needs Assessment - provides an overview of the current housing needs in San Mateo County. Written for easy inclusion in your housing element. (7 pages; 2021) Word | PDF
At-Risk Affordable Housing - Listing of deed-restricted affordable housing units in San Mateo, and their risk level for conversion to market rate, by jurisdiction.
Instructions for Housing Needs Data - read this before using the ABAG provided jurisdiction-specific Housing Needs Data, which is in your jurisdiction specific folder. (2 pages; 2021)
- Overcrowding Data- spreadsheet of overcrowding severity data
21 Elements did multi-city kickoff meetings, a meeting focused on RHNA, a four-part stake holder listening series, and topic-specific public webinars. There was also an equity advisory group. The big-picture summary for inclusion in your housing element is the first bullet, below. The summary for your jurisdiction specific meeting is in your jurisdiction's folder. Summaries for each meeting are on the community engagement page. 21 Elements also encouraged people to share their stories, which are collected in the second bullet. ABAG has two sources of funding for interpretation - one for online outreach programs and one for in person programs. See the Community Engagement page for more information on these. Also, don't forget about the Let's Talk Housing Resources and Materials
Sample Text for Housing Element including Summary of all 21 Elements Meetings - customizable document that can be tailored for inclusion into your jurisdiction's housing element.
Our Stories: Housing in San Mateo County PDF Word - Quotes collected by Let's Talk Housing about people's housing experiences.
21 Elements hired Root Policy to update the previous countywide fair housing assessment and develop jurisdiction-specific AFFH data summaries, narratives and related materials. These can be found in the jurisdiction specific folders. Root Policy also developed other tools and guidance, which are listed and linked below. There is detailed guidance provided in the first item, Memorandum on Finishing Your AFFH (also known as the magic decoder ring). We recommend starting there, which will help you understand and use the other resources, in addition to local info and knowledge, to develop your final draft AFFH sections and policies for your Housing Element.
- Memorandum on Finishing Your AFFH - START HERE - summarizes AFFH products developed by Root Policy
- Root Policy AFFH Tracking Sheet - google sheet from Root Policy tracking AFFH products they provided for each jurisdiction, key contacts and meeting dates.
- FHAP Template - to help you present AFFH policies and programs in the format requested by HCD (developed by Root Policy)
- Disparate Access to Educational Opportunities - analyzes barriers to success in education across San Mateo County, a key aspect of AFFH (written by Root Policy)
- State Fair Housing Laws - two-page summary of state fair housing laws (written by Root Policy)
- Results of Resident Survey - summary and tables from the resident survey conducted by Root Policy to provide data and input on fair housing issues and inform AFFH analyses and actions.PDF | Word
Racially Concentrated Areas of Affluence (RCAAs) - spreadsheet with map showing RCAAs census blocks in San Mateo County. The map is also available here. Note: since posting this, HCD has released their online mapviewer of RCAAS, which provides a more detailed map. Instructions for finding RCAAs on the mapviewer, and comprehensive instructions from HCD.
- Memorandum on Anticipating HCD comments on your AFFH- summarizes content and recommendations on how to address the comments we anticipate HCD will provide on your draft AFFH
21 Elements did a survey comparing city fees for several types of development. They also hired Century Urban to look at the cost to build.
Big Picture Summary - a high level summary of the results of 21 Elements Survey and Century Urban Report
Survey Results DRAFT - spreadsheet of the raw data
Century Urban Report on the Cost to Build in San Mateo County - although this report is labeled draft, this is the final version
Policies and Programs
21 Elements met with full package jurisdictions and provided a short list of policies and programs, based on two conversations with jurisdictions. These were emailed to jurisdiction staff. They also provided a underline/strike through version of RHNA 6 policies and programs. Edits were suggested based on the RHNA 5 evaluation and language that did not appear specific enough to meet HCD's requirements. These were also emailed. If you met with Janet Stone, be sure to review her memo about your Housing Trust Fund (in your jurisdiction specific folder). Also, don't forget PBot if you want more ideas for policies and programs. See the Policies and Programs page for more ideas to include in your Housing Element.
Housing Element certification resources including resources for the builder's remedy and Housing Element adoption before HCD approval are now available on the Certification Resources page.