Preparing Housing Elements Under New State Laws: Lessons Learned from Applying AB 1397 and AB 879

APA California Chapter


Monday, October 8, 2018
3:15 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. PDT

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Adopted as part of the Legislature's 2017 Housing Package, AB 1379 and AB 879 require cities and counties to provide additional analysis when adopting a housing element and limit the designation of certain sites as suitable for lower-income housing, especially non-vacant sites. This panel will discuss the substantial changes regarding housing element analysis to help prepare planners for the next round of housing element updates that kicks off in 2021 by examining a case study of a recently-prepared housing element. The City of Encinitas is one of the first jurisdictions in California to prepare a housing element under AB 1379 and AB 879. Representatives who worked on the housing element will discuss the challenges and opportunities the new requirements presented during the planning process, and HCD staff will share their perspective on how the new laws influenced their review and assessment of the City's analysis. The presentation will focus on recent changes in state housing element laws with respect to specific changes in statutory language and its effect on implementing housing elements going forward.


Barbara E. Kautz Barbara E. Kautz, FAICP

Barbara E. Kautz practices in the areas of land use (especially housing-related land use), CEQA compliance, real estate, economic development, fair housing, and affordable housing. She has assisted public agency clients in a wide variety of matters including compliance with planning and zoning law, real estate transactions, redevelopment dissolution issues ... Read More

Brenda Wisneski

Brenda brings over 27 years of professional planning practice and extensive experience in all phases of municipal planning. Eighteen years have been spent within coastal cities, currently serving as Development Services Director for the City of Encinitas. Prior to that she was employed at the cities of Newport Beach, San ... Read More

Paul McDougall

Mr. McDougall joined the California Department of Housing and Community Development in April 2001. For several years, he has specialized in the review of housing elements and land use related legislation. Mr. McDougall has reviewed and assisted jurisdictions in the preparation of housing elements for a substantial number of jurisdictions ... Read More

Eric Phillips, JD

Mr. Phillips practices in the areas of real estate, affordable housing, land use, and CEQA compliance. Mr. Phillips represents clients in all phases of the development process, including property acquisition, entitlement and administrative approvals, CEQA compliance, fair housing compliance, and negotiating real estate disputes. Specifically, Mr. Phillips assists private clients ... Read More

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