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Multi-Family Rezone Program

California law requires localities to plan for their fair share of future housing needs, including housing affordable to lower income households. Each jurisdiction must assess their housing needs by conducting site-specific inventories to ensure that an adequate number of sites are zoned to allow multifamily housing at higher densities. Other factors to be considered include the availability of public services, such as water and sewer service, and the constraints that might make it difficult to construct multifamily housing, such as wetlands or steep slopes.

The recently updated 2009/2010 Housing Element of the General Plan requires the county to increase the supply of land planned and zoned for multifamily residential uses to meet the future housing needs of lower income households. The multi-family rezone program proposes to re-zone properties to increase the multifamily housing development potential in the county by approximately 980 units. Between 60 and 100 acres of land will likely be affected.

The set of candidate sites for rezoning are located in various areas of unincorporated Humboldt County. All of the parcels are located in the unincorporated areas of the County within the boundaries of one of the following Community Planning Areas (CPA) or a Coastal Zone Area Plans (CZAP) as defined by the General Plan. These include:

  • Avenues of the Giants CPA
  • Carlotta-Hydesville CPA
  • Eureka CPA
  • Garberville-Redway-Benbow CPA
  • Humboldt Bay CZAP
  • McKinleyville CPA
  • McKinleyville CZAP

Maps of the candidate sites are located on the Housing Element page

For more information on the Housing Element, the implementation program, and the specific locations of candidate sites, please contact Michael Richardson by phone at (707) 268-3723 or at mrichardson@co.humboldt.ca.us.