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Posted on: March 10, 2021

General Plan & Housing Element - It’s Time to Talk About Our Future!

It’s Time to Talk About Our Future!

We’re returning to the community for feedback on our Strive San Mateo General Plan update and starting the important process of updating plans for how to prepare for new housing for all income levels.

We’re hosting several virtual community meetings in late March and April to collect your input on our General Plan update and kick off our Housing Element update. These two long-range planning documents will help guide decisions about housing, transportation, the environment, public safety, economic development and much more.

We need your input! Visit for more information about the General Plan 2040 update. Visit our Housing Element web page for more information about our 2023-2031 Housing Element update.

*The same information will be provided at each pair of virtual workshops below.

Housing Element – Introduction & Kick Off

Join us to learn about the Housing Element update – a once-in-a-decade chance to shape the future of housing in our communities. There will be four countywide meetings, with an introduction about the update process, then time to talk with city staff. The first meeting will include Burlingame, East Palo Alto, Hillsborough, Millbrae, and San Mateo City. To join this conversation, there are two optional times to attend. Please register in advance to one of the times below.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Registration

Saturday, April 3, 2021
10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Zoom Registration

General Plan Workshop - Imagining Scenarios for San Mateo's Future

Participants will learn about the community input and work leading up to the creation of three Draft Alternatives for San Mateo’s future, explore the Draft Alternatives in more detail in small groups and help us improve them. Please register here and the meeting links will be emailed out in advance of the meeting.

Thursday, April 15, 2021
6:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 17, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Housing Element - All About RHNA

Join us to learn more about the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process, have your questions answered, give input and engage in conversation.

Thursday, April 22, 2021
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Zoom Registration

The Housing Element is a state-mandated plan that requires the City to show how we can accommodate thousands of new housing units, including affordable homes, over the coming years. Find answers to frequently asked questions and learn more on our new Housing Element 2023-2031 web page. Sign up for the Housing Programs & Policy Updates email list.

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