The Housing Element is one of seven mandated elements of the City’s General Plan - the comprehensive, long-term plan that guides the physical growth and development of the city. It describes the community’s housing needs and identifies strategies for responding to those needs. The City’s current Housing Element (covering years 2007 to 2014) was adopted on June 16, 2009, and found to be in full legal compliance by the State Department of Housing and Community Development on August 13, 2009

Pursuant to State law, all local governments within the regional jurisdiction of the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are required to update their Housing Elements by January 31, 2015. In accordance with this requirement, the City has initiated a program to update the 2009 Housing Element. The updated Housing Element will address housing needs and conditions for the planning period of January 31, 2015 to January 31, 2023. It is not anticipated that there will be major changes to the 2009 Housing Element given its relatively recent adoption and the fact general housing conditions and needs have not changed significantly due to the continuing economic recession. Therefore, this update is viewed as an opportunity to review, evaluate and “fine tune” the City’s current housing element, including: adequacy of the City’s inventory of housing sites; relevancy and prioritization of current policies and programs for meeting housing needs; and establishment of new quantified housing objectives.

The City Council has appointed a seven-member Housing Element Advisory Committee comprised of representatives from various interest groups to assist staff with the update process. The Committee’s role will be to review updated informational materials on housing needs and conditions and assist in re-prioritizing strategies in the Housing Element that address housing needs. Committee members will also be expected to inform and solicit comments from partner groups in the community.

Lisa Batto - Business/Real Estate/Residential Development/Sustainability
JoAnn Busenbark – Affordable (Senior) Housing/Policy
Ryan Gregory – Business/Real Estate/Development
Tracy Krumpen – Policy/Neighborhood/”At-Large”
Betty Rhodes – Affordable (Senior) Housing
Beverly Shotwell – Neighborhood/”At-Large”
Kevin Teague – Business/Real Estate/Land Use Policy

For additional information about the Housing Element update program please contact Ken MacNab, Planning Manager by phone at (707) 257-9530 or by e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Links to meeting agendas and documents related to the Housing Element Update program are provided below.

Public Hearings
Planning Commission - February 5, 2015
City Council - March 3, 2015 (tentative)

 Final Public Review Draft - 2015-2023 Housing Element Update [complete document]
          Cover and Table of Contacts
          Section 1 - Housing Element Overview
          Section 2 - Housing Vision and Goals
          Section 3 - Housing Policies for Achieving the Vision
          Section 4 - Napa's Action Plan for Housing
          Section 5 - Housing Background - Housing in Napa Today
          Section 6 - Housing Background - Planning for Our Future
          Appendix A - Evaluation of Housing Element Policies and Program Actions
          Appendix B - Housing Sites
          Appendix C - General Plan Consistency Review


 Environmental Review

Final Environmental Impact Report

In accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines Section 15088, the City of Napa has evaluated the comments received on the City of Napa General Plan Housing Element Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR).  The responses to the comments, which are included in the Final EIR document, together with the Draft EIR and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, comprise the Final EIR.  The Draft EIR is included as Appendix A to this Final EIR.

Final EIR & Appendices: January 9, 2015  

Draft Environmental Impact Report

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (Draft EIR) has been prepared in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to evaluate potential environmental impacts associated with implementation of the City of Napa General Plan Housing Element update (State Clearinghouse No. 2014052002).

The purpose of this Draft EIR is to inform decision makers, representatives of affected and responsible agencies, the public, and other interested parties of the potential environmental effects that may results from implementation of the proposed project.  This Draft EIR describes potential impacts relating to a wide variety of environmental issues and methods by which these impacts can be mitigated or avoided. 

Draft EIR & Appendices: November 7, 2014
Notice of Availability: November 7, 2014  
Notice of Preparation: May 1, 2014


 Public Meetings
 Community Meeting: June 11, 2014
 Housing Element Advisory Committee Meetings

 Meeting #1 - January 29, 2014
 Meeting #2 - February 26, 2014
 Meeting #3 - March 26, 2014
 Meeting #4 - April 30, 2014