City of San Mateo Housing Element Update (2023-2031)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of San Mateo
Document Title
City of San Mateo Housing Element Update (2023-2031)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City of San Mateo is preparing an update to its existing Housing Element, a State-mandated policy document that is a component of the San Mateo General Plan. The overall purpose of the Housing Element Update is to identify current and projected housing needs; show locations where housing can be built; and set goals, policies, and programs to meet the community’s housing needs. The foundation of the Housing Element is the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA), which is 7,015 units. The City has identified sufficient sites with adequate development capacity to build up to 10,286 new housing units with existing land use regulations and zoning designations. No amendments to land use regulations or zoning are included as part of the Housing Element.

Contact Information

Zach Dahl
Agency Name
City of San Mateo
Job Title
Community Development Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


San Mateo
San Mateo
San Francisco Bay Area
Cross Streets

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15061(b)(3) - Common Sense Exemption
Reasons for Exemption
The project involves policies, programs, and actions to meet the City's Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) and Affirmatively Further Fair Housing (AFFH) goals. The 2023-2031 Housing Element creates a roadmap on how to achieve its RHNA and AFFH goals through identification of suitable sites for development and identifying programs and actions that could remove constraints and promote affordable housing development. Because the City does not have to rezone any sites or make any physical improvements to adopt the Housing Element, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the 2023-2031 Housing Element would have a significant effect on the environment. Thus, the 2023-2031 Housing Element is exempt from CEOA under the common-sense exemption.
County Clerk
San Mateo


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