The 2021–2029 Housing Element (approved project) replaces the prior 2013–2021 Housing Element and serves as El Dorado County’s (County’s) guiding policy document to meet the future needs of housing for all of the County’s income levels. The Housing Element is only one of nine elements of the County’s General Plan. The General Plan is the foundational development policy document of El Dorado County. It defines the framework for growth in an environmentally balanced manner, maintains the rural character and quality of the living environment, providing adequate infrastructure while conserving agricultural lands, forest and woodlands, and other natural resources. The General Plan is the blueprint for development throughout the county and acts to clarify and articulate the intentions of the County with respect to the rights and expectations of the public, property owners, and prospective investors and business interests. The General Plan informs these citizens of the goals, objectives, policies, and standards for development of the County and the responsibilities of all sectors in meeting these. The General Plan Environmental Impact Report (EIR) (SCH #2001082030) discussed Housing Element impacts in a programmatic way, and identified policies in the General Plan to address all physical impacts resulting from development in El Dorado County.