What is Menlo Park's fair share?

The housing need for the Bay Area region for the current planning period (2023-2031) has been determined by the State of California to be 441,176 housing units. The Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) has determined that San Mateo County's share of the regional housing need is 47,321 housing units and of that total, Menlo Park's fair share is 2,946 housing units (6.2% of San Mateo County's total). By comparison, Redwood City’s share is 4,588 units, San Mateo's share is 7,015 units, Burlingame’s share is 3,257 units, Daly City’s share is 4,838 units and Unincorporated San Mateo County’s share is 2,833 units.

Providing housing to meet the needs of all income levels is critical to the social and economic health of Menlo Park. The City of Menlo Park must plan for its income-based housing allocation to address its share of the Bay Area region’s housing needs. San Mateo County's 2021 Area Median Income (AMI) for a household of four persons is $149,600. Income groups include: “very low income” (less than 50% of AMI); “low income” (50-80% of AMI); “moderate income” (80-120% of AMI); and “above moderate income” (greater than 120% of AMI). Within the 2023-2031 Housing Element, Menlo Park is required to plan for its fair share allocation of housing units by income group as follows:

  • Very Low Income: 740 units (25% of total)
  • Low Income: 426 units (14% of total)
  • Moderate Income: 496 units (17% of total)
  • Above Moderate Income: 1,284 units (44% of total)

Approximately 40% of the allocation satisfies the housing needs of very low- and low-income households. In total, about 3,000 housing units are needed to accommodate Menlo Park's 2023-2031 growth for all income groups as estimated through the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process. Note, the housing units herein summarized are in draft form. Final RHNA allocation and ABAG Executive Board approval is anticipated in December 2021.

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1. What is a Housing Element?
2. What are the components of a Housing Element?
3. What happens if a jurisdiction does not adopt a Housing Element?
4. Who determines how many housing units are needed and how is the number calculated?
5. Why is the Housing Element Update important?
6. Why update the Safety Element?
7. What is Menlo Park's fair share?
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