General Plan

La Habra General Plan

State law requires every city and county to adopt a comprehensive, long-term general plan for the physical development of that jurisdiction. The general plan is the City's blueprint of the future. It expresses community goals and embodies public policy that are the basis for all land use decisions. The most recent comprehensive update of the General Plan occurred in 2014. The City is currently in the process of preparing amendments to the General Plan in conjunction with its update of the Housing Element.


Housing Element Update 2021-2029 (Certified)

On September 19, 2022, the City Council adopted the City of La Habra's 2021-2029 Housing Element and found it to be in substantial compliance with State law. The following day, the City submitted the adopted Housing Element to the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for review and certification. HCD sent a letter to the City dated November 15, 2022, identifying additional technical and clerical refinements that would be necessary to fully comply with State law. HCD did not express any disagreement with the City Council’s finding that the Housing Element substantially complies with State law.  Although the City Council made a finding of substantial compliance in its adoption of the Housing Element, it has always been the City's intent to address all of HCD's comments and receive HCD certification. To ensure that the City was on the right path, City staff reached out to HCD after receiving the November comment letter, and after several e-mails and two subsequent meetings with HCD staff, on February 22, 2023, the City submitted responses to the November HCD comment letter, along with a technical and clerical refinements to the adopted Housing Element. On April 21, 2023, HCD notified the City that “as of today, HCD is pleased to find the adopted housing element in substantial compliance with State Housing Element Law (Article 10.6 of the Gov. Code).” 

Housing Element Update 2021-2029

HCD Finding of Substantial Compliance Dated April 21, 2023

Adopted Housing Element - Technical and Clerical Revisions on February 13, 2023

La Habra Transmittal Letter to HCD Dated February 22, 2023

Sites Inventory List for La Habra Dated February 22, 2023

Housing Element Review Process Timeline- To Date as of February 2023: