Housing Element FAQs

  1. Why does Danville need to plan for more housing?
  2. What is Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)?
  3. How is Danville’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) determined?
  4. How much housing do we need to plan for?
  5. Is the Town required to build all the housing units allocated in the RHNA?
  6. What happens if a jurisdiction does not adopt a Housing Element or the Element does not comply with State law?
  7. Why should I get involved and how will my feedback be used?

The need for every city and county in California to plan for their fair share of the projected housing need is rooted in Housing Element Law (Government Code Section 65583), enacted in 1969.  The concept behind the law is to spread the responsibility of accommodating new housing units equitably among all communities.