City of Carmel-by-the-Sea 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2023-2031) and Safety Element Update

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Document Title
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2023-2031) and Safety Element Update
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Document Description
The project includes the update to the City’s 6th Cycle Housing Element Update (2023-2031) Housing and Community Development (HCD) Revised Draft (dated January 24, 2024) (“Housing Element Update”) and the update to the City’s Safety Element. The adoption of these two elements would be an amendment to the City’s General Plan/Coastal Land Use Program (General Plan). It is not expected that the updates to the City’s Safety Element result in any physical changes. The Housing Element Update includes 410 housing units, which is approximately 17 percent more than the RHNA of 349 units. The City does not anticipate that future housing projects proposed on sites with existing commercial/office uses would also result in expanded building square footage for such uses. Consequently, no increase in existing commercial/office building square footage would occur with implementation of the Housing Element Update.

Contact Information

Marnie Waffle, AICP
Agency Name
City of Carmel-by-the-Sea
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Teri Wissler Adam
Agency Name
EMC Planning Group, Inc.
Job Title
Senior Principal
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


Cross Streets
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
1, 101, 68
Carmel River Elementary, Carmel High School, Carmel Middle
Carmel River

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Central Region 4 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (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 Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (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, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 5, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, Department of Toxic Substances Control
State Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control
Development Types
Residential (Units 410, Acres 10.34)
Local Actions
General Plan Update, General Plan Amendment, General Plan Element
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, 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 Agency(ies)]

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