The Housing Element

What is a Housing Element?

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) requires all local governments (cities and counties) to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in their community. A city’s general plan serves as their “blueprint” for how the city will grow and develop and includes eight elements: land use, circulation, housing, conservation, open space, noise, safety, and air quality. 

The Housing Element includes goals, policies, programs, and objectives to guide future housing growth to meet the needs of residents of all income levels in Moorpark.

What is the RHNA?

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) is mandated by State Housing Law as part of the periodic process of updating a local Housing Element of the General Plan. The RHNA quantifies the need for housing within each jurisdiction during the planning period. The latest RHNA allocation plan will cover the planning period between 2021 through 2029.

Moorpark will use findings from the RHNA in land use planning, prioritizing local resource allocation, and in deciding how to address identified existing and future housing needs resulting from population, employment, and household growth. By incorporating information provided by the RHNA, Moorpark can identify projected housing needs by income category and develop policies and programs that will aid in achieving the housing goals set forth in the RHNA. The RHNA does not necessarily encourage or promote growth, but rather allows communities to anticipate and plan for growth. 

2021-2029 Moorpark Regional Housing Needs Allocation
RHNA Requirement

Income Levels
Definition of Affordability
by Household Income Level
Number of
Percent of
Very LowHouseholds earning 31-50% of AMI37729.3%
LowHouseholds earning 51-80% of AMI23318.1%
ModerateHouseholds earning 81-120% of AMI24519.0%
Above ModerateHouseholds earning 81-120% of AMI43433.6%

Source: Southern California Association of Governments, 2020

Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element

Moorpark’s Draft 6th Cycle Housing Element is now available for public review. To view the draft: City of Moorpark’s Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element 

Public Input

To submit comments/questions related to the Housing Element or to be added to the interest list for future announcements please email:

Past Meeting Agendas, Recordings and Important Dates

9/2/2021GPAC Meeting 9: Housing
Housing Discussion: GPAC members were provided with an overview of the contents of the Housing Element and its relationship to the General Plan. Staff were provided with an orientation to the RHNA and the City’s projected progress towards meeting the affordable housing goals established during the 6th Housing Element update cycle. GPAC members discussed and provided feedback on the proposed strategies to encourage the provision of housing within Moorpark and identified topics that should be considered for inclusion in the Housing Element’s goals and policies.
12/9/2021GPAC Meeting 10: Follow-Up
The focus of this meeting was to recommend including the draft Housing Plan in the updated Housing Element. The project team provided GPAC members with a summary of feedback received during focused outreach to housing stakeholders. Followed by a discussion of the draft housing plan goals and program recommendations, with reference to meeting State law requirements and addressing the themes raised by housing stakeholders and the GPAC during the prior meeting on September 2, 2021. GPAC members were asked to indicate their concurrence with the proposed Housing Plan and to identify any additional topics that should be considered for inclusion in the Housing Element. GPAC Action: Confirm proposed approach to the Housing Element’s goals and policies and identify any additional topics for inclusion.
01/13/22Planning Commission Hearing
The Planning Commission considered the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element and unanimously supported staff recommendation to submit the document to the City Council.
01/19/22City Council Hearing
The City Council considered the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element and unanimously supported staff recommendation to submit the document to the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
01/22/22Public Comment Period Concluded | December 22, 2021-January 22, 2022
The Draft Housing Element was circulated for public review and comment.
02/07/22Draft Housing Element Submitted to State HCD
On February 7, 2022, staff submitted the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). HCD is currently reviewing the submittal for consistency with State law. The City will expect a response to the submittal later in the spring of 2022.

Previous Housing Element

To view the City of Moorpark’s 5th Cycle Housing Element: City of Moorpark’s 2014-2021 Housing Element 


While also meeting a state mandated requirement, an approved and adopted Housing Element will allow the City of Moorpark to apply for available State funding to develop more affordable housing and support housing related priorities in the community.

Recent years have seen housing prices outpace increases in household income. The high demand for housing coupled with a limited supply of housing has made it increasingly more difficult to find and afford housing. The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) defines an “affordable dwelling” as one that a household can obtain for 30 percent or less of its income. However, this varies from city to city. See Moorpark’s 2021-2022 annual income eligibility limits for very low, low, and moderate income families here

For example: a household is considered “low-income” if it makes less than 80 percent of the median income in the local area (this is called Area Median Income, or AMI). So, by this definition, a dwelling is considered “affordable” for low-income families if it costs less than 24 percent of the area median income.

In the Southern California region, there is a scarcity of affordable housing. But in many areas, the basic problem is that demand for housing is high. For housing to be more affordable, the supply of houses needs to increase.

To submit comments/questions related to the Housing Element or to be added to the interest list for future announcements please email:

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