The Sacramento County Board of Supervisors has announced that its 2013-2021 Housing Element was adopted on October 8, 2013. SHA and our community partners did our best to fight for stronger protection language for the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance within the Housing Element– an important enforcement document. Though we did not get as strong of language as we would have liked (we did get some), the fight now focuses on protecting the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance itself. Now at risk, this ordinance provides a 15% requirement for developers to build for affordable housing mixed among other income levels.

We encourage you to sign our Open Letter to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors and copy, paste and email this letter, with your organization’s logo, to the Board of Supervisors (names and email addresses below). Please modify the letter to state why this cause is important to you.

Phil Serna                             SupervisorSerna@saccounty.net
Jimmie Yee                           yeema@saccounty.net
Susan Peters                         susanpeters@saccounty.net
Roberta MacGlashan            macglashanr@saccounty.net
Don Nottoli                           nottolid@saccounty.net

Mark your calendars for the following important events, which will help protect this ordinance and safeguard the future of equitable, affordable and economically vibrant communities in Sacramento County. More information to come!

  • Stakeholder’s Organizing Meeting 
    What: Together as a coalition, we will participate in the public process and plan advocacy and outreach strategies to save the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.
    When: Wednesday, December 4 at 3 p.m.
    Where: Sacramento Housing Alliance: 1800 21st Street, Suite 100; Sacramento
  • Bus Ride for Justice
    What: Join SHA and its community partners at Sacramento Area Congregations Together for a special organizing event to save the future of affordable housing in Sacramento County. On December 9, the eve of the first Board of Supervisors hearing for the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, we will make a bus trip to a surprise location. Here we will hold a peaceful demonstration in an effort to safeguard housing options for all levels of the economic spectrum in new developments. This is a great opportunity to join Sacramento’s social justice and interfaith communities while supporting a worthy cause. Free bus transportation will be provided.
    When: Monday, December 9 at 2 p.m.
    Where: Bus departs from SHA: 1800 21st Street, Suite 100; Sacramento
  • Sacramento County Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Hearing
    What: This will be our final opportunity to save the ordinance and appeal directly to the Board of Supervisors. Please join us for this critical meeting–a large turnout is essential!
    When: Tuesday, December 10; 2 p.m.
    Where: County Administration Center – 700 H Street; Sacramento
  • Sacramento County Inclusionary Housing Ordinance Vote
    What: The Board of Supervisors will vote on a final version of the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance.
    When: Tuesday, December 17; the meeting will occur sometime between 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. ( we will update the time as this date approaches)
    Where: County Administration Center – 700 H Street; Sacramento

Click here for more information about Sacramento County’s affordable housing needs.

Below you will find information released by Sacramento County about the recently-adopted Housing Element.


Sacramento County is pleased to announce that its 2013-2021 Housing Element was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on October 8, 2013. We will submit the adopted Element to State Housing and Community Development (HCD) per State Housing Element Law. We expect HCD’s review of the adopted Element to be completed well within the 90-day statutory review period.

Some of the major new programs that will be implemented during 2013-2021 include the following:

  • Housing Incentive Program (HIP) – HE-5(E4): Multifamily developers will be able to receive a density bonus if they provide at least ten percent of their base units for those with special needs.
  • Required Provision of Accessible Units – HE-4(D1): At least five percent of units in a new multifamily project will be required to be accessible with universal design features for persons with mobility impairments. Universal design features include such items as lower countertops, wider hallways and grab bars in bathroom areas.
  • Reduction of Obstacles to the Construction of Accessory Dwellings -HE-5(E12): The County is proposing to reduce the minimum parcel size for accessory dwellings. The current parcel size is 10,400 sq. ft. This will result in the construction of more accessory dwellings.
  • Development of Design Guidelines for Senior Housing – HE-(D8): The County will develop design guidelines and siting criteria for senior housing and care facilities. This document will be used by the County’s Design Administrator and will be available on the web.

The adopted Housing Element is available at the Planning and Environmental Review website. If you have any questions, please contact Tim Kohaya at (916)874-5982 or email at kohayat@saccounty.net.