City Housing Element Survey

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is in the process of preparing its 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, and would appreciate assistance and insight from residents of the Rancho Santa Margarita community.

The Housing Element is a section of the City’s General Plan that identifies housing needs and conditions within Rancho Santa Margarita. It is a policy document that identifies goals, policies, and programs that the City uses to direct and guide actions related to housing, and must be updated at least every eight years. Updating the Housing Element will ensure that the City meets State requirements, and makes Rancho Santa Margarita eligible for State grants and other funding resources. It will also gives elected and appointed officials clear guidance on housing issues facing Rancho Santa Margarita.

Last month, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita initiated a public outreach campaign to obtain input regarding how the community would prefer to plan for housing in the future. The first step in the Housing Element Update process included a month-long initial survey regarding existing housing conditions and fair housing issues; we appreciate everyone who took the time to respond.

The City's second survey asks residents and interested parties for input regarding the types of development which should be further explored as the City plans to meet the State-mandated Regional Housing