6th Cycle Housing Element Update

Public Draft 6th Cycle 2023-2031 Housing Element is Available for Review!

Please follow this link to review the complete public draft (15.5MB).

Cover and Introduction

Chapter 1 - HE Needs and Constraints

Chapter 2 - Housing Resources

Chapter 3 - Housing Action Plan 

Appendix A - Fair Housing Assessment

Appendix B - Review of Past Accomplishments

Appendix C - Public Participation Summary

Planning Commission June 22, 2023!!

About the Housing Element

The Housing Element is one of the State-mandated components of the City’s General Plan. It provides a framework for the City to accommodate future housing needs, including planning for housing that is suitable for all income levels. The Housing Element has a few main purposes: 

  • To provide an assessment of current and future housing needs for the next eight years.
  • To provide an assessment of constraints to housing and housing production
  • To establish housing goals, policies, and programs that direct housing needs, reduce barriers to development, and ensure compliance with State legislation.

The Housing Element is an eight-year plan and the 6th cycle update of the City of Marina Housing Element is underway and must be certified by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) by a pre-determined deadline, December 31, 2023.  

The Housing Element includes a strategy for the City to meet its share of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA).  HCD determines the total number of new housing units that each region must accommodate during the eight-year planning period. The Association of Monterey Bay Areas Governments (AMBAG) is responsible for initiating discussions with the public and representatives from local jurisdictions to finalize and adopt the methodology to allocate the region’s housing needs among member jurisdictions. Through land use and zoning regulations, Marina must plan for its share of the RHNA, including housing that is affordable to households at all income levels. The City’s RHNA allocation is shown in the table below.

City of Marina 6th Cycle RHNA Allocation

Very Low1



Above Moderate4







1 Very Low Income: Less than 50% of Area Median Income

Low Income: 50-80% of Area Median Income

Moderate Income: 80-120% of Area Median Income

Above Moderate Income: 120% or more of Area Median Income

The Housing Element update will assess how current demands are being met and will plan for projected housing needs over the next eight years. The Housing Element also addresses housing for special needs populations, such as persons with disabilities, very low-income residents, and persons experiencing homelessness. The City’s housing strategy must also reduce any identified barriers to equality and opportunity.  

In addition, the Housing Element update must include the following:

  • Community Needs Assessment: A complete analysis of the specific housing needs and an inventory of the resources and constraints relevant to addressing housing needs
  • Sites Inventory: An inventory of land suitable for residential development that could accommodate the City’s RHNA allocation
  • Constraints Analysis: an evaluation of governmental and nongovernmental barriers to housing production in the City of Marina
  • Goals, Policies, and Programs: Identification of specific policies and actions to implement the Housing Element
  • Other analyses, policies, and goals required to meet community housing needs, and/or comply with applicable State law

Project Timeline

Public Outreach and Workshops – Ongoing

Stakeholder Interviews - Ongoing

Housing Element Sites Inventory – Fall 2022 – Winter 2023

Housing Element Program Development – Fall 2022 – Winter 2023

Prepare Draft Documents (Housing Element) – Winter 2023 – Spring 2023

Public Draft Element Reviews – Spring 2023

Environmental Review – Fall - Winter 2023

Public Hearings – Late Spring 2023                                                        Planning Commission June 22, 2023!!




Public Documents

See above

Get Involved!

Stay informed throughout the Housing Element process. Sign up to receive surveys and updates via email, and check back for meeting announcements, workshop materials, and public documents for review.

For additional comments or questions, email Guido Persicone, Community Development Director, at gpersicone@cityofmarina.org.

Upcoming Meetings

Community Workshop #1 (Virtual) –November 9, 2022, 6:30-8:00pm 
Workshop Flyer: (English) 
Workshop Flyer (Spanish)
Workshop Presentation

Planning Commission Study Session – November 10, 2022 630-8:00PM
November 10, 2022 Commission Presentation

Community Workshop #2 (Virtual)-March 15, 2023 630-8PM
Workshop Flyer (English)
Workshop Flyer (Spanish)
Workshop Flyer (Korean)
Community Meeting Recording
Community Meeting Presentation

Planning Commission Meeting - 6:30pm on Thursday, June 22, 2023. This meeting will be hybrid.

The City of Marina is committed to helping Affirm Fair Housing per Assembly Bill 686 (AB 686). For residents in needs of housing assistance, please contact these partner agencies:


Upcoming Meetings

Planning Commission
June 22, 2023
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