Implementing A Big Vision Statewide

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Implementing A Big Vision Statewide

Gustavo Velasquez
Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD)

As California moves into the next housing planning period – the 6th Cycle – five more cities have earned state approval of their housing plans, known as housing elements, bringing
the state’s housing plan compliance rate to the highest level in history, with only 14 of 539 jurisdictions from the 5th Cycle housing planning period still needing state approval of their plans – down from 47 in February of 2019. Cities’ housing plans are critical to setting the stage to allow new housing production across the state.

Gustavo Velasquez, the current Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), also recently served as the Assistant Secretary of the Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity in the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. What does it take to implement a big vision of housing development at the statewide level?

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