City of Los Altos 2023-2031 Housing Element Update


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Los Altos
Document Title
City of Los Altos 2023-2031 Housing Element Update
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
The proposed project involves a comprehensive update to the Housing Element of the City of Los Altos General Plan. State law requires that housing elements be updated every eight years(California Government Code Sections 65580 to 65589.8). The Housing Element Update establishes goals, policies, and actions including rezoning of parcels and General Plan amendments, to meet the City’s 6th Cycle Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Los Altos’ latest RHNA calls for 1,958 new housing units. The proposed HEU does not propose any specific development and adoption of the proposed HEU would not approve any physical development (e.g., construction of housing or infrastructure). However, it envisions development including the proposed rezoning of sites for the potential development of additional housing units to meet the City’s RHNA. Therefore, the CEQA analysis assumes that construction of housing is a reasonably foreseeable future outcome of the HEU. The buildout assumptions for use in this CEQANotice of Intent to Adopt an Initial Study-Mitigated Negative Declaration document include 1,048 units that can be accommodated on undeveloped and underdeveloped sites and 600 units that can be accommodated through rezoning for a total of 1,648 units. More information about the proposed project can be found on the City’s website:

Contact Information

Nick Zornes
Agency Name
City of Los Altos
Job Title
Development Services Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Los Altos
Santa Clara
Citywide, Countywide, Northern California, San Francisco Bay Area
State Highways
82, 85, I-280
Multiple within City
Adobe Creek, Hale Creek, Permanente Creek, Stevens Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 17, Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Other (Housing Element Update; 1,648 units )
Local Actions
General Plan Update, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Septic System, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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