“Since 1969, California has required that all local governments (cities and counties) adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community. California’s local governments meet this requirement by adopting housing plans as part of their “general plan” (also required by the state). General plans serve as the local government’s “blueprint” for how the city and/or county will grow and develop and include eight elements: land use, transportation, conservation, noise, open space, safety, environmental justice, and housing. These plans are done in cycles, we are on the 6th cycle which runs from 2023-2031.” Association of Bay Area Governments

Meantime, the Bay Area has done a very poor job of meeting the housing needs for its growing populations with a huge disparity in its socioeconomic spectrum. San Carlos Housing has been no exception to this failure. This wasn’t such a big problem before for cities because the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) had little enforcement powers, so it was mostly ignored. However, Assembly Bill 72 which was passed in 2017 changed all that! The HCD now has enforcement powers and cities throughout California are scrambling to submit their housing element drafts.

This has recently resulted in many articles about affluent communities struggling to draft their own Housing Element plans because of all the NIMBYs in those communities opposing lower income housing. However, even cities like Atherton (the most expensive town in all of the US) need to have some quantity of low-income housing.