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2023-2031 Fremont Housing Element:
An eight-year plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community

Under State law, all local governments in California are required to adequately plan to meet the housing needs of everyone in the community by adopting a Housing Element as part of their General Plan. State law also requires that local governments update their Housing Elements every eight years to periodically address the changing housing needs of their communities, establish action plans to meet those goals, and report on progress toward meeting those goals.

All local jurisdictions in the Bay Area, including the City of Fremont, are currently preparing to update their Housing Elements. Bay Area jurisdictions must adopt an updated Housing Element by January 2023 to plan for the housing needs for the next eight-year Housing Element Planning Period (2023-2031). The 2023-2031 Fremont Housing Element will include the following:

  • A detailed analysis of Fremont's demographic, economic ,and housing characteristics
  • A comprehensive analysis of constraints to producing and preserving housing
  • A review of the City’s progress in implementing housing policies and programs from the current 2015-2023 Housing Element
  • An identification of goals, objectives, and policies, in addition to a full list of programs that will implement the vision of the plan
  • A list of sites that could accommodate new housing, demonstrating the City’s ability to meet its Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
For more details, please read the Housing Element FAQs.

Latest Update (January 2022)

The City is ready to start on the Housing Element update for 2023-2031.

In December 2021, the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) adopted the Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan for the Bay Area. The plan distributes a share of the region's projected housing needs for 2023-2031 to local jurisdictions. Fremont’s allocation has been finalized at 12,897 units.

Under State law, the City is now responsible for updating the Housing Element by January 2023 to show where this housing can be built and the policies and strategies necessary to meet that target.

Because of the growth potential already included in the City's General Plan, staff feels that the City can accommodate the RHNA target without the need for rezoning. However, because the State must ultimately agree that the City has sufficient capacity, staff is preparing for several potential scenarios. As the City moves forward on the Housing Element update over the next several months, staff will continue to work with the State to ensure that their assessment of Fremont’s existing housing development capacity aligns with the City’s. If rezoning is required, staff estimates that the amount of rezoning required will be minimal compared to other Bay Area cities.


Staying Informed

Sign up for email updates

Stay up-to-date on the latest information by signing up for the City's Housing Element Update Email List.
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Send an email to staff

Do you have questions, comments, or suggestions for the City’s Housing Element project team? Send an email.
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Set up a virtual meeting with staff

Are you interested in having a conversation with the Housing Element project team to share your thoughts and questions? You can schedule an appointment through Calendly, a free and easy-to-use appointment scheduling website.

  • Step 1: Visit Fremont's scheduling webpage.
  • Step 2: View available dates and times.
  • Step 3: Schedule your appointment.
  • Step 4: Once your appointment is scheduled, you will receive a meeting confirmation by email that you can accept and add to your calendar. The email will include instructions on how to join the meeting.
Meetings will be conducted using Microsoft Teams. To use Teams and the video feature, you will need to download the program and use a computer, tablet, or smartphone with internet access. Using the video feature is optional, and you can also just use your phone to call in for your meeting. Call-in instructions will be included in the confirmation email.
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Attend an upcoming event

The City’s Housing Element project team will be organizing future virtual community workshops, stakeholder and user group interviews, and work sessions with the City's Planning Commission and the Fremont City Council to assist in the development of the 2023-2031 Fremont Housing Element. To stay up-to-date on upcoming events, sign up for the City's Housing Element Update Email List.

Getting Additional Information

Over the coming months, the City's Housing Element project team will post information and updates on this webpage regarding the development of the 2023-2031 Fremont Housing Element. Please visit this webpage for updates. Additional information is available below:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) (updated March 2021)

Current Fremont Housing Element

The City's current Housing Element, covering 2015-2023, is available below:

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
Draft Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Methodology

ABAG Draft RHNA Methodology

Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG)
Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Plan for the Bay Area

ABAG Final RHNA Plan