We have prepared almost 80 housing elements and a dozen related plans and studies for cities and counties in California. During this time we have emerged as one of the leading experts in the field. We draw on our broad experience preparing housing elements for diverse communities across California to develop innovative policy solutions for the communities in which we work.
We recognize that the housing element, like other general plan elements, greatly impacts the lives of those who live, work, and own property in a community. It is vital that a housing element meets not only the requirements of State law, but more importantly, the needs of the community.
We organize and facilitate workshops for all of our housing element projects to inform and educate members of the community on the housing element update process and requirements, and provide a forum for community members to discuss housing issues and potential policy solutions. In our workshops we attempt to dispel common myths about affordable housing by presenting examples of successful housing developments that fit well into the fabric of similar communities. We pride ourselves on preparing housing elements that exceed the minimum standards for certification by the Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and serve as a practical guide for day-to-day decision-making. All of the nearly 80 housing elements we have prepared have been certified by HCD.