The new 2021-2029 Housing Element was certified by the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD)! View the compliance letter from the HCD, dated October 10, 2022.

2021-2029 Housing Element (click here)housing element 2021 2029

The Housing Element is a mandatory policy document required by the State of California to be included in a City’s General Plan. The Housing Element must comply with state mandates and plan for the community’s housing needs and priorities. The State requires the City of Big Bear Lake Housing Element to update its Housing Element every 8 years.

The City’s Housing Element performs the following functions:

  • Analyzes the City’s demographics, economics and housing supply
  • Analyzes housing constraints and resources
  • Evaluates sites appropriate for potential housing
  • Develops housing goals, objectives, policies, and programs

The Housing Element must be consistent with statewide housing laws, housing element guidelines, and applicable goals and policies in the California Government Code. The City’s Housing Element must clearly demonstrate that Big Bear Lake has sufficient capacity to accommodate the number of housing units identified in the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). The City is not required to build housing projects, but must plan to provide appropriate land area (including zoning) that will be needed to accommodate future housing projects by private developers. 

On March 4, 2021, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released its final draft allocation of housing units for each jurisdiction in the region, which can be found here (click here). For the current RHNA cycle, SCAG provided the RHNA allocation number to the City of Big Bear Lake for the 2021-2029 period consisting of the following household income levels:

  • Very-low income: 50 units
  • Low income: 33 units
  • Moderate income: 37 units
  • Above-moderate income: 92 units
  • Total RHNA allocation: 212 units

Additional information about RHNA can be found at the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) website and at the California Department of Housing and Community Development website.