Housing Element 2021 - 2029

In 2020, the city updated the Land Use Element of the General Plan, which resulted in changes to allowed land uses and residential and commercial intensities. The City of Monterey Park updated key elements of the City’s General Plan. The links below provide the final adopted elements. 

What is a Housing Element

The Housing Element is a policy guide that provides an indication of the need for housing in the community, particularly the availability, affordability, and adequacy of housing. It serves as a strategy to address housing needs across the economic and social spectrum. State law requires that housing elements are updated every 8 years. The housing element must address the following:

  • Housing Needs Assessment – Existing and projected housing need for all income segments.
  • Housing Constraints Analysis – Including market, governmental, infrastructure, and environmental constraints.
  • Housing Resources – Residential sites inventory for future housing needs.
  • Review of Past Accomplishments – Describe accomplishments from prior Housing Element programs.
  • Housing Plan – Housing programs, goals, and policies for the planned period.

Since 1969, the State of California has required that all Cities and Counties adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. State Law requires each jurisdiction to accommodate its fair share of affordable housing, as an approach to distribute housing needs throughout the state.


March 2023

On March 30, 2023, the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) certified the City's Housing Element.  The Housing Element includes text changes requested by HCD and was completed in March 2023. These requested changes were made administratively in accordance with authority delegated by the City Council pursuant to Section 6 of Resolution No. 2022-R3 (adopted January 19, 2022) and Section 8 of Resolution No. 2022-R90 (adopted November 16, 2022).

April 2022 - November 2022

The adopted Housing Element was submitted to the state  for their review and determination of compliance with State law. On April 1, 2022.   HCD sent the City a letter requesting changes to the Element. The City Council adopted an amended Element at their November 16, 2022 meeting. 

January 2022

On January 19, 2022 the City Council approved the Housing, Safety and Environmental Elements. This completes the public review process for the General Plan Update. The Safety and Community Services Element, Environmental Justice Element, and Housing Element are complete and posted below:

City Council considered these following items at their regularly scheduled meeting on January 19th, 2022: 

What is a Environmental Justice Element

As part of the City’s update to their General Plan, a new chapter addressing environmental justice will be included. Environmental justice is defined by the State as the fair treatment and meaningful involvement of people of all races, cultures, and incomes as part of the development and implementation of environmental laws and policies. The new chapter will include policies that look to reducing harm to communities in Monterey Park that have been historically marginalized by institutions and society.

What is a Safety Element

The Safety Element describes the natural and man-made hazards that could impact people and property in the City. State law requires safety elements to be updated at the same time as housing element updates. New information on impacts resulting from climate change will be added to the Safety Element.

Housing Element 2014-2021