Housing Element Update

Every eight years, the City is required to update the Housing Element of its General Plan in order to, among other things, comply with State requirements and identify sufficient suitable sites for the housing needs of the community as projected by the State and allocated by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG). The City’s Housing Element was last updated in 2013 and is in compliance with State Housing Element Law. The Housing Element is set to expire in October 2021 at the conclusion of the current eight year state housing cycle (2013-2021).

The California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) is responsible for developing state housing production goals with the total number of housing units to be built within an eight-year housing cycle for varying income categories. This process is referred to as the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). Once the RHNA is determined, HCD assigns the RHNA figures to SCAG, who in turn assign the housing goals to their respective member cities and counties. The process began with SCAG in the summer of 2019, HCD provided SCAG a final RHNA allocation for the region in early 2020 and the distribution of the RHNA to Cities was approved by SCAG in early September 2020. The City's Final RHNA Allocation, received once all appeals were considered by SCAG in early 2021, is at total of 3,043 planned dwelling units spread across four income categories for the 2021-2029 cycle.

The City's Draft Housing Element is available for public review:

Table of Contents
Section 1 Introduction
Section 2 Community Profile
Section 3 Housing Constraints Resources
Section 4 Housing Plan
Appendix A Review of Past Performance
Appendix B Adequate Sites
Appendix C Outreach
Appendix D Glossary of Terms


The City circulated the draft Housing Element Update for a 30 day public review and comment period for responsible agencies, interested organizations and members of the public from May 21, 2021 to June 21, 2021.  The final public workshop was held during public review at the City Hall Council Chamber on June 14, 2021.  Public hearings for a recommendation on project at the Planning Commission and adoption of the element the City Council are anticipated to follow in the fall of 2021 and will be further noticed.  You may continue to submit comments on the update by clicking here


Comments may be submitted at the link above, or by mail to the City of Murrieta Housing Element Update, Attn: Carl Stiehl, 1 Town Square, Murrieta, CA 92562 or by email at  [email protected]


The draft Housing Element Update was submitted for review by HCD on July 2, 2021 and a comment letter was received from HCD on August 31,2021.  The City is working to revise the update to address the comments received. 

More information on the SCAG RHNA process and allocations: http://www.scag.ca.gov/programs/Pages/Housing.aspx

For an overall snapshot of the project the City has prepared a fact sheet in English and En Español:

Housing Element Update Fact Sheet 

Actualizando El Elemento Vivienda (en español)

City staff hosted a Public Workshop for the project, a Virtual and Teleconference workshop, on Wednesday September 30, 2020.  More information on what was covered in the workshop is available here: September 30 Public Workshop Agenda

To view the Workshop presentation please click this link: Housing Element Workshop

An online Community Survey was posted following the workshop for input on the priority polices and programs for the update.  Click here for: the Survey Results  

Prior to public review the City hosted workshops with the Planning Commission on April 14, 2021 and the City Council on May 4, 2021, the videos are available on the City's vimeo page here: https://vimeo.com/showcase/5638625

For more information Staff Contact is: Senior Planner, Carl Stiehl, phone: (951) 461-6063, email: [email protected]