2021-2029 Housing Element Update

What is the Housing Element?

The Housing Element is a State-mandated policy document within the City of Menifee General Plan. It provides direction for the implementation of various programs and policies to meet existing and projected future housing needs for all income levels within the Menifee community.  The Housing Element includes policies, programs, and actions to accommodate growth, identify opportunities for the development of housing, preserve existing housing stock, and assist the existing population.


The City’s current Housing Element (5th Cycle) was adopted by the City Council in February 2014 and was certified by the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in March 2014.  The adopted Housing Element covers the planning period from October 2013, through October 2021.  The City is currently implementing the respective actions and programs for the current planning cycle.  The next housing cycle (6th Cycle) will cover the planning period from October 2021 to 2029.

The City’s Housing Element is being updated to comply with State law and ensure the City’s policies and programs can accommodate estimated housing growth need identified in the Southern California Association of Government’s (SCAG) Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation for the 2021-2029 planning period. The 6th Cycle Housing Element and associated environmental document(s) will be reviewed for compliance with state law by the California State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) and must be adopted by the City Council no later than October 15, 2021.  

The 6th cycle update includes the following steps:

  1. Assessment of City-wide Housing Needs and Opportunities;
  2. Public Outreach; 
  3. Drafting of Goals, Policies, and Programs;
  4. Preparation of CEQA - Environmental Review Documents as applicable;
  5. Preparation of the Sixth Cycle Housing Element; 
  6. Coordination with HCD to Obtain State Certification; and
  7. Adoption of the Sixth Cycle Housing Element by the Menifee City Council

The identified seven steps and local adoption process will take place from July 2020 to August 2021, and include a multitude of public outreach efforts, such as community workshops, the development of a community-wide survey tool(s), and public hearings (Planning Commission and City Council) to help shape future policy decisions.

Housing Element Update - Spanish

The City's Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element is available for public review: 

The City is circulating the Draft 2021-2029 Housing Element Update for a 30 day public review and comment period for responsible agencies, interested organizations and members of the public. This comment period will take place from June 15, 2021 to July 15, 2021. 

Section 1 Introduction 
Section 2 Community Profile
Section 3 Housing Constraints & Resources
Section 4 Housing Plan
Appendix A Review of Past Performance
Appendix B Adequate Sites
Appendix C Outreach
Appendix D Glossary of Terms

Draft Program Environmental Impact Report for the Housing Element Update Project 

(State Clearinghouse No. 2021020031)

Notice of Availability of a Draft Program Environmental Report for the Housing Element Update Project
Draft Program Environmental Impact Report
Draft Program Environmental Impact Report Appendices


Draft Land Use and Safety Element Updates

Draft Land Use Element
Draft Safety Element


Upcoming Environmental Justice Outreach as part of the Housing, Land Use and Safety Element Updates:


Environmental Justice Community Meeting (in-person & virtual meeting) 

Date:  Thursday, July 15, 2021

Time:  6 p.m. 

Location: Two options provided - In person at City of Menifee Council Chambers - 29844 Haun Road, Menifee CA 92586, or virtual ZOOM ACCESS: https://cityofmenifee-us.zoom.us/j/87854431816?pwd=WnFiTjZMVmY3VFd2MzA5bjlrY0pEZz09

  • Meeting ID: 878 5443 1816
  • To participate by phone, dial: 1-669-900-6833
  • Passcode: 083683

Environmental Justice Community Meeting (in-person meeting) 

Date:  Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Time:  6 p.m. 

Location: Motte Historical Museum (The Barn) - 28380 Highway 74, Menifee, CA 92585 

Housing Element Update Public Meetings (Past Meetings): 

Joint City Council/Planning Commission Housing Element Study Session

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Community Workshop No. 1

Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6 p.m.

  • Presentation
  • Video (Note: Video may take a few minutes to download.  Thank you for your patience) 

Community Workshop No. 2 & PEIR Scoping Meeting

Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Community Workshop No. 3

Thursday, May 20, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Joint City Council/Planning Commission Housing Element Study Session

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 at 6 p.m.English Survey

Public Participation: 

Interactive Housing Sites Activity 

Interactive Map

Environmental Justice Survey

English Survey

Spanish Survey


City documents (adopted plans, draft documents, and meeting presentations) are provided below and will be added and updated throughout Housing Element update process.   

City Adopted Plans

Program Environmental Impact Report

City Contact:

For additional information please contact, Doug Darnell, AICP, Senior Planner at 951-723-3744 or by email.

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