2021 Housing Element Update


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Welcome to City of Buena Park's Housing Element Update

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Bienvenidos a la Actualización del Elemento de Vivienda de la Ciudad de Buena Park
Haga clic aquí para ver la actualización del elemento de vivienda 2021 en español



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Housing Element Public Review Draft 

The 2021-2029 Cycle Housing Element Update public review draft is now available for public review and comment. The Housing Element is required by State law to identify and analyze existing and projected housing needs in order to preserve, improve and develop housing for all economic segments of the community, and demonstrate how the City will accommodate its fair share of regional housing needs.  The Draft Housing Element includes a Housing Program, which establishes goals, policies, and implementation actions to address the City’s housing needs.  No development or construction of housing is proposed with this housing element update. 

Buena Park Housing Element Update Public Review Draft

Appendix A: Community Outreach

Appendix B: Past Accomplishments

Appendix C: Sites Inventory

Appendix D: Affirmatively Further Fair Housing 


To review a paper copy of the Housing Element Public Review Draft

The 6th Cycle Housing Element public review draft may be reviewed during regular business hours (Monday-Thursday, Alternating Fridays, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM) at the City of Buena Park Community Development Department – City Hall, 6650 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90622.

The Housing Element public review draft will be available for review at the following locations:

  • Buena Park Library: 7150 La Palma Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620 (Open Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Friday and Saturday, 10:00 PM to 5:00 PM)


  • Buena Park Senior Center: 8150 Knott Avenue, Buena Park, CA 90620 (Open Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM)


How to Comment on the Housing Element Public Review Draft

The 2021-2029 Housing Element Update will be circulated for a 30-day public review and comment period for responsible agencies, interested organizations and members of the public. This comment period begins on October 1, 2021 and will end on October 31, 2021. Public hearings for the project at the Planning Commission and the City Council are anticipated to follow in the winter of 2021 and will be further noticed. Please provide written comments by 5:00 PM on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 by mail to the City of Buena Park, Community Development Department, Attn: Swati Meshram, 6650 Beach Boulevard, Buena Park, CA 90622 or by email at


Your Comments are Important!

The City would appreciate input from the community, housing stakeholders, and service providers on the Housing Element. 




A virtual community workshop was held on June 28, 2021, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm. poll conducted during the meeting is now closed.

You can view the presentation slides, and watch a recording of the community workshop by clicking on the image below:




We want to hear from you! Your ideas and participation is important to help plan for Buena Park’s future. Join us for a virtual community workshop on Monday, June 28, 2021 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Topics of discussion will include:

• Housing Element: goals, policies, and programs for adequately housing our future population
• Environmental Justice Policies: environmental goals, policies, and objectives to be integrated into the General Plan


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.Download the Community Workshop flyer here



The City is seeking your input on the housing needs  of our community, via the online survey linked below. By filling out this survey you will inform housing related policies and programs of Buena Park for the next 8 years.

Click here for taking the survey in English

Click here for taking the survey in Korean

Click here for taking the survey in Spanish


Joint City Council-Planning Commission Study Session on April 8, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Agenda and details are available here. 




The Housing Element is one of the ten State-required ‘elements’ or chapters that comprise the City’s General Plan and includes goals, policies, programs (to be implemented during the planning period) to meet current and future housing needs within the City. The Housing Element provides an analysis of the City’s population, economic, and housing stock characteristics, in addition to a comprehensive evaluation of housing programs and regulations.

State law requires the Housing Element to be updated every eight years in order to remain relevant and reflective of the community’s changing housing needs. The City’s current Housing Element covers the 2013-2021 period, also known as the fifth cycle. The City is in the process of preparing the Housing Element Update, which will plan for 2021-2029 period, and the State law requires that the City adopt this update by October 2021.

Key Features of the Housing Element

  • Update of City population and housing demographics;
  • Evaluation of housing constraints and resources;
  • Analysis of existing housing programs and policies;
  • Identification of appropriate/adequate properties to accommodate housing at a range of income levels and densities; and
  • Policies, programs and quantified objectives.



The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State Housing Law to quantify the need for housing throughout the State and is addressed in the local housing element update process. The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies a Statewide projected housing need and allots housing allocations to each metropolitan area in the State.

The City of Buena Park is located in the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) region. For the 2021–2029 planning period, the City of Buena Park is allocated 8,919 units to accommodate the City’s projected housing needs for the eight-year planning period. The Housing Element must identify “adequate sites” and establish policies and programs that will accommodate this estimated growth. The City is required to develop the policies, programs, and zoning to incentivize and allow for this anticipated growth, as well as report to the State on an annual basis of the City’s progress. The City is not obligated to produce, construct, or develop these allocated units.

The 6th Cycle RHNA allocation for the City of Buena Park (pending HCD approval) is:

Very Low Income units                      2,119

Low Income units                               1,343

Moderate Income units                     1,573

Above Moderate units                       3,884

Total Housing Units                         8,919


Below are two videos which explain this process further: