6th Cycle Housing Element Update

The Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element and associated Draft Safety Element are now available for public review and comment.
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Housing Element Information/Información

Riverside County is updating its Housing Element that will cover an eight-year period between 2021 and 2029 (6th Cycle planning period). The County's Housing Element is a state-required element and is one of nine elements that make up the County’s General Plan.

Although required, this update is necessary to reflect the unincorporated County's changing needs and respond to new state housing laws.  The 2021-2029 (6th Cycle) Housing Element will include housing-related goals, policies, and programs to address the existing and projected future housing needs of the unincorporated County.

The Housing Element Update will update unincorporated County’s demographics, economics and housing supply; analyze housing constraints and resources; create a plan that identifies sites for potential housing (accomodate RHNA), and update existing or develop new housing goals, objectives, policies, and programs as appropriate.

California State law requires that the County update the Housing Element every eight years. These frequent updates are required because housing is critical to ensure economic prosperity and quality of life in our region. State law requires the adoption of the Housing Element by October 2021.


What is RHNA?

RHNA stands for “Regional Housing Needs Assessment.” Every eight years, the State of California provides the number of housing units that should be accommodated in the Southern California region. The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) allocates a RHNA contributions to the County and incorporate cities.

As a part of the Housing Element Update, the County must demonstrate to the State that there is available capacity for accommodating the County’s RHNA contribution. For the 2021-2029 planning cycle, the County received the allocation below: 

2021-2029 RHNA Allocation
Income Level Allocation (in units)
     Very Low 10,371
     Low 6,627
     Moderate 7,347
     Above Moderate 16,302
     Total Allocation 40,647


For more information, please contact Paul Swancott by email at PSwancott@rivco.org or phone at 951-955-3103. 


El condado de Riverside está actualizando su elemento de vivienda que cubrirá un período de ocho años entre 2021 y 2029 (período de planificación del sexto ciclo). El Elemento de Vivienda del Condado es un elemento requerido por el estado y es uno de los nueve elementos que componen el Plan General del Condado.

Aunque es obligatorio, esta actualización es necesaria para reflejar las necesidades cambiantes del condado no incorporado y responder a las nuevas leyes estatales de vivienda. El elemento de vivienda 2021-2029 (sexto ciclo) incluirá metas, políticas y programas relacionados con la vivienda para abordar las necesidades de vivienda actuales y futuras proyectadas del condado no incorporado.

La Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda actualizará la demografía, la economía y la oferta de vivienda del condado no incorporado; analizar las limitaciones y los recursos de la vivienda; crear un plan que identifique sitios para viviendas potenciales (acomodar RHNA) y actualizar las metas, objetivos, políticas y programas de vivienda existentes o desarrollar nuevos, según corresponda.

La ley del Estado de California requiere que el Condado actualice el Elemento de Vivienda cada ocho años. Estas actualizaciones frecuentes son necesarias porque la vivienda es fundamental para garantizar la prosperidad económica y la calidad de vida en nuestra región. La ley estatal requiere la adopción del Elemento de Vivienda para octubre de 2021.


¿Qué es RHNA?

RHNA significa "Evaluación de las necesidades de vivienda regional". Cada ocho años, el estado de California proporciona la cantidad de unidades de vivienda que deben instalarse en la región del sur de California. La Asociación de Gobiernos del Sur de California (SCAG) asigna contribuciones de RHNA al condado e incorpora ciudades. Como parte de la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda, el Condado debe demostrarle al Estado que hay capacidad disponible para acomodar la contribución RHNA del Condado. Para el ciclo de planificación 2021-2029, el condado recibió la siguiente asignación:

2021-2029 RHNA Asignación
Nivel de ingresos Asignación (en unidades)
     Muy bajo 10,371
     Low 6,627
     Moderado 7,347
     Por encima de moderado 16,302
     Asignación Total 40,647


Safety Element Information//Información

What is the Safety Element?
The Safety Element, a chapter of the General Plan, contains goals and policies to reduce the potential short and long-term risk of death, injuries, property damage, economic damage, and social dislocation from earthquakes, floods,  fires, and other hazardous events in the County’s unincorporated areas. Examples of Safety Element policies include discouraging building on earthquake faults, ensuring essential public facilities are maintained during natural disasters, and supporting a more resilient electricity grid.

Why are we updating the Safety Element?
Riverside County’s Planning Department is updating the Safety Element to incorporate climate adaptation and resiliency strategies, as required by California Senate Bill 379 and SB 1035. The Safety Element update has been developed to address climate change and applicable resiliency strategies to fulfill these mandates. In addition, the Safety Element update addresses evacuation routes, and constraints, as required by SB 99 and Assembly Bill 747.

Why is this important?
In recent years, wildfires have been increasing in frequency and intensity in Riverside County, while extreme heat events have broken temperature records and become longer in duration. These trends are expected to continue, which will result in placing more communities at risk of harm. To address these new climate trends and resulting environmental conditions, the Safety Element Update will identify steps that local communities can take to reduce the risks posed by wildfire, flooding, extreme heat, and other climate impacts.

Community Outreach


Get involved! The Riverside County Planning Department will hold several meetings and workshops throughout the unincorporated County and virtually to seek community input on the 6th Cycle Housing and Safety Element update. Community input will help define policies and design features that will shape the future of housing in unincorporated Riverside County.

Project Outreach Scedule
Highgrove MAC: October 28, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. (Agenda)
Mead Valley MAC: November 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)
Good Hope / Meadowbrook MAC: November 5, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)
Desert Edge Community Council: November 10, 2020 at 4:30 p.m. (Agenda)

Sky Valley Community Council: November 10, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)
Bermuda Dunes Community Council: November 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)
Woodcrest MAC: November 12, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. (Agenda)


Virtual Workshop (Countywide meeting): February 16, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (see flyer for meeting info.)




Planning Commission Study Session: February 17, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. (see PC webpage)
Click here to view the PC Workshop or visit the following link: http://riversidecountyca.iqm2.com/Citizens/Media.aspx


Virtual Workshop (ECV foucused meeting): February 18, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. (see flyer for meeting info.)




Questions: Contact Robert Flores by phone at (951) 955-1195 or by email at rflores@rivco.org

Draft Documents for Public Review

The Riverside County Planning Department is exited to release the Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element and associated Draft Safety Element for Public Review.

Comment Period:
The comment period is open from July 8, 2021 to August 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. Written comments may be provided in by email at RFlores@rivco.org.


- Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element (HE) and Background Report
     - HE Appendix P-1/P-2

- Draft Safety Element (SE)

For any questions or concerns, you may call or email Robert Flores or Paul Swancott at:

Robert Flores, Principal Planner
Project Manager (PM)

Paul Swancott, County Planner
Assist. PM