Ordinance No. 515 – Zoning Code Amendment Implementing the 2021-2029 Housing Element
Ordinance No, 516 – Amendment to Downtown Village Specific Plan Implementing the 2021-2029 Housing Element

The purpose of the Draft documents that follow is to present proposed revisions to the Draft General Plan Land Use Element and associated Draft Figures; Draft Downtown Village Specific Plan (DVSP) Chapters 6 and 7, and associated Figure and Tables; various draft sections of the Zoning Code, and the Draft Zoning Map in order to implement rezonings that are required by State law in accordance with the City’s adopted 6th Cycle Housing Element. (Please note that required actions to implement other programs in the 6th Cycle Housing Element will occur later.)

Text in each of the documents that is underlined is proposed new text. Text that is shown in strike through is proposed to be deleted.

A Draft Initial Study/Negative Declaration (IS/ND) for this project has been prepared pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). A link to the IS/ND for the City of La Cañada Flintridge General Plan Land Use Element Amendment, Zoning Code Amendment, and Downtown Village Specific Plan Amendment Project is also provided below.

  • Draft Downtown Village Specific Plan (DVSP), Chapters 6 and 7
    • Chapter 11.02 Basic Provisions
      • 11.01.030 Definitions
    • Chapter 11.02 RPD Residential Planned Development Zone
      • 11.12.030 Conditional Uses
    • Chapter 11.02 CPD Community Planned Development Zone
      • 11.14.020 Uses permitted, conditionally permitted and prohibited
    • Chapter 11.17 Mixed Use Zone
      • 11.17.020 Allowed uses and permit requirements
  • Chapter 11.21 Housing Element Implementation Overlay Zone (New)
    • Chapter 11.36 General Regulations and Area Requirements
      • 11.36.140 Residential Air Quality
      • 11.36.150 Permitted Lower Income Housing
    • Chapter 11.63 Merger of Parcels
      • 11.63.010 Merger of contiguous parcels

Adopted Third Draft Housing Element (February 23, 2023)

HCD Response Letter dated April 24, 2023

Third Public Review Draft Housing Element (PDF43MB) (posted February 10, 2023)

Adopted Second Draft Housing Element (October 4, 2022)

HCD Response Letter dated December 6, 2022

Second Public Review Draft Revised (PDF 67MB) (posted September 30, 2022).

Second Public Review Draft (PDF 56MB) (posted September 2, 2022).

First Public Review Draft (posted September 21, 2021)

HCD Response Letter dated December 3, 2021


The City of La Cañada Flintridge is currently updating its Housing Element of the General Plan. Local governments across California are required by State Housing Element law to adequately plan to meet their share of the State’s overall housing need. The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is the State department that is responsible for administering Housing Element Law and for identifying the State’s overall housing need. To adequately plan for their share of the State’s housing need, local governments adopt Housing Elements as part of their General Plans. Housing Elements provide goals, policies, and programs to create opportunities for housing development.

The 6th Cycle Hosing Element will cover the eight-year planning period from October 2021-October 2029.  The community was invited and encouraged to participate in the planning process by providing written comments and attending workshops and Public Hearing held by the Planning Commission and City Council.  See link below for the project timeline and upcoming meetings. 


This process began in January 2021 and outreach efforts started in March.  See summary of the City’s outreach in preparation of the first draft.

The first draft of the 6th Cycle Housing Element was submitted to HCD on October 6, 2021.  Here is a list of events since the first submittal.

Upcoming Meetings

No meetings currently scheduled.


For more information about the Housing Element, please contact Susan Koleda at skoleda@lcf.ca.gov and (1.818.790.8881).