Housing needs rezone program

Housing Element

The 2021-2029 Housing Element was adopted by the Placer County Board of Supervisors on May 11, 2021. The Housing Element includes programs that help Placer County achieve its housing goals, including housing for all income levels.

To learn more about the County’s RHNA, view the 2021-2029 Housing Element here.

Why is a Rezone Program required?

Placer County’s Housing Element program HE-1 is the Rezone to Meet the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA). Because the Housing Element did not identify sufficient sites to accommodate the RHNA across all income levels, state law requires the County to implement a rezone program to allow higher density residential development. Placer County is required to implement the programs identified in its Housing Element, and HE-1 must be implemented by May 15, 2024.

Failure to implement the Rezone Program could lead to the County losing its land use authority under Government Code Section 67555. If the County’s land use authority were revoked, land use decisions would be made at the state level without local control or oversight. The County could also lose its recent Pro-Housing Designation and access to grant funding that supports local programs and initiatives.


What properties are included in the Rezone Program? 

The list of candidate rezone sites can be found at an interactive link here  or by clicking the map to the right.

The Housing Element identified a number of candidate rezone sites (see Appendix A of the Housing Element). Staff identified additional sites based on size, whether the site is vacant, and whether the site is underutilized. Considerations were also made for infrastructure availability, environmental constraints, and the properties’ location within the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Data Viewer

What zone district will the properties be rezoned to?

Properties will be rezoned with a base zone district of Residential Multifamily 30 (RM30). The RM30 district will be a new zone with a minimum density of 20 dwelling units per acre and maximum density of 30 units per acre. Like other zone districts, allowable uses would be limited to those in the new, proposed zone.

What should I do if my property is included in the rezone program?

If you received a letter in the mail about rezoning your property, the County identified your property as a candidate rezone site under the Rezone Program and plans to rezone the property to allow higher residential densities, thereby expanding the range of residential development opportunities for your property.

Will sites with the new zoning designation be required to build housing? 

While you are not required to build housing because of this rezone, the uses would be limited to allowable uses in the RM-30 zone district, similar to how uses are restricted in all zone districts.


Public Workshops – Spring & Summer 2023

Environmental Review – Spring 2023-Spring 2024

Rezone Program Implementation – No later than May 15, 2024

For more information about this project, please contact Project Planner Kally Kedinger-Cecil at [email protected] or 530-745-3034.

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Learn More:

Watch recordings from the Housing Division Speaker Series: Community Conversations on Housing to learn more about the spectrum of housing needs for local residents, how multifamily housing can be thoughtfully and purposefully designed in communities, and what is meant by "missing middle" housing. See below recordings to learn more!

Session 1: Demystifying Public Housing

Session 4: What is Missing Middle Housing?

The Sessions on ADUs, Housing Surveys, and other past Housing Webinars are available on the Housing Division Speaker Series webpage

For more information about the Housing Needs Rezone project, please contact Project Planner Kally Kedinger-Cecil at [email protected] or 530-745-3034.

Townhall & Municipal Advisory Council Presentations