City of Huron 2023-2031 Housing Element


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Huron
Document Title
City of Huron 2023-2031 Housing Element
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
The City of Huron is participating with other cities in Fresno County to update their Housing Element as part of the Fresno County Multi-Jurisdictional 2023-2031 Housing Element. The update is expected to guide the City’s housing development from 2023 through 2031. The Housing Element is a State-mandated eight-year policy document that is a component of Huron’s 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 begins with a determination of housing needs issued by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and allocated by the Fresno Council of Governments (FCOG). A jurisdiction is required to demonstrate whether it has sufficient capacity to achieve its RHNA. However, identification of a site’s capacity does not guarantee that construction will occur on that site, as the actual construction of units would occur as a result of a development application from a private or non-profit developer. The RHNA for Huron for this Housing Element Update is 319 units, including 45 very low-income units, 45 low-income units, 55 moderate-income units, and 174 above-moderate-income units.

Contact Information

Virginia Peñaloza
Agency Name
City of Huron
Job Title
City Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


Northern California
Cross Streets

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
“common sense” Section 15061(b)(3)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project is exempt as a “common sense” exemption under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15061(b)(3) because the project involves policies, programs, and actions to meet the City’s RHNA that would not have the potential to cause a significant physical effect on the environment. The proposed Housing Element creates a roadmap on how to achieve its RHNA through the 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 Update, it can be seen with certainty that there is no possibility that the proposed Housing Element would have a significant effect on the environment. Thus, the proposed Housing Element is exempt from CEQA under the common-sense exemption.
County Clerk


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