Santa Clara Housing Survey Extended to July 8

The City of Santa Clara is extending the period when residents can take its housing survey to July 8.

Every eight years, state law requires the city to update its General Plan Housing Element, which outlines how the city will construct an adequate variety of safe, appropriate, and well-built housing for all residents of Santa Clara. The current Housing Element expires on January 31, 2023.

Santa Clara County needs to produce 129,927 housing units for the eight years between 2023 to 2031 to keep up with population growth and job demand. Of that number, the city is responsible for constructing 11,632 units.

The city is seeking information from residents about their living patterns and what types of housing they would like to see prioritized in the town. The survey asks residents what housing they think should be built the most; which group of people – seniors, students, large families, etc. – need substantial accommodations; and what elements – community character, traffic, and environmental risks. – should be important to developers when building homes.

The survey is 22 questions, with a large portion set aside for demographic information.

Once the city has taken public feedback, it will present a draft of the Housing Element to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in August. The Planning Commission and City Council will review and adjust it in the Fall before submitting the final draft to HCD in January of 2023.

Residents are encouraged to take the survey and determine the type of housing that gets built.

Take the survey here.