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Pleasant Hill Housing Update

Oct 30, 2017 12:29PM ● By Elena Hutslar

Pleasant Hill Housing Update

At the October 2 city council meeting, council received a housing update from City Planner Greg Fuz. The update reflected the city’s building permit activity with regard to housing.  According to Fuz, “The City of Pleasant Hill has a certified housing element, and we are in year two of an eight-year cycle. It calls for accommodating 448 units of the city’s regional fair share of housing. Of the 448 units, in the first two years of our housing element cycle, we have constructed and or approved approximately 161 residential units, which is 36% of the city’s fair share of housing during the first two years. There are various other projects under preliminary discussion that could add substantially to those numbers. In general we think we are in very good shape in terms of our progress toward meeting our housing element goals.”

The city has had success in creating both market rate and affordable housing stock. In 2006, the Bay Area Council produced a “report card” for Bay Area jurisdictions and their efforts to produce their fair share of affordable housing. In that report, the City of Pleasant Hill received an “A” for its efforts to produce affordable housing.

The city’s most recent housing element update occurred in 2015. At that time, the regional planning agency (Association of Bay Area Governments) identified each city’s and county’s regional share of housing that would be needed during the current planning cycle (2015 through 2023). The City of Pleasant Hill’s regional fair share of housing was identified to be 448 housing units of various income levels.

Since adoption of the 2015 housing element, 30 residential units have been constructed, with an additional 110 units approved but not yet built. Between now and the end of 2018, it is possible that the city will have approved at least an additional 25 residential units based on pending projects such as 17 single-family homes in the Reliez Terraces subdivision (former Molino property) and other small residential subdivisions.

Other “preliminary” residential projects include the Wells Fargo office site on Cleaveland Road and the remaining property owned by Contra Costa County not designated for the library on Oak Park Blvd., which could also substantially add to the city’s housing stock. Thus, with six years left in this planning cycle, the city appears to be ahead of schedule in meeting its overall regional fair share of housing.