CSAC Bulletin Article

HCD Requests Comments on Draft Updated Surplus Land Act Guidelines

February 28, 2024

The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is requesting public comment on the new release of the Draft Updated Surplus Land Act Guidelines

HCD will host a webinar of March 6 to discuss content of these draft guidelines and receive public comment.

March 6, 2024

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m

Register to attend the webinar

Why are the guidelines being updated?

HCD’s initial Surplus Land Act Guidelines were adopted in April 2021. Since then, HCD and its many local partners have identified areas of the Guidelines that need revision and/or additional clarity. In addition, the California State Legislature has passed several bills that have amended the Surplus Land Act, including bills passed just last year. The need for additional clarity coupled with changes to the law has led HCD to initiate its first revisions to the Surplus Land Act Guidelines.

To better inform that process, HCD engaged in a series of broad-based, regionally diverse Listening Sessions with local partners and housing organizations. The goal was to collect firsthand feedback from those entities that were on the ground navigating and implementing this new law. HCD hosted more than 20 Listening Sessions that included representatives from cities, counties, special interest districts, law firms, housing advocates and housing developers. Those Listening Sessions resulted in over 50 suggested changes to the Guidelines


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