Housing & Public Safety Element Update


The City of Poway is currently in the process of updating its Housing and Public Safety Elements of the City’s General Plan.  The State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) requires the update to be completed by April 2021, however, there may be extensions to these deadlines due to COVID-19.  The Housing Element update is required to address housing constraints and needs, including HCD requirements to meet the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA).  The Public Safety Element update is required to meet the requirements of SB1035 prior to the adoption of the update to the Housing Element.  As such, the City is updating the Public Safety Element in conjunction with the update to the Housing Element.

This website provides up-to-date information on the Housing and Public Safety Element Update process.  It will provide you with information on upcoming community workshops, meetings, documents prepared for the Update, and opportunities to be involved in the process and provide feedback.

We Need Your Feedback! 
Fill out the Housing and Public Safety Online Survey

  • Take the brief housing and public safety element online survey. This Survey will be available through November 30, 2020.  

Virtual Community Workshop

Thursday November 19th at 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

The City of Poway will be hosting a virtual community workshop to engage the public about housing and public safety in the City of Poway.  The workshop will be hosted via Zoom and will include moderation by the City’s Planners, Fire Marshal, and Crime Prevention Specialist.  Don’t miss this opportunity to provide your feedback on the future of housing and public safety in Poway!

To Speak and Participate

Step 1: Register online at least 24 hours in advance.

Step 2: Join the Zoom meeting on Thursday, November 19th at 6:45pm, 15 minutes prior to meeting starting (Also available at poway.org/workshop)

Join using "Computer Audio."  Participants who do not pre-register can still participate, but their breakout room may be more crowded. If your electronic device has no microphone and speakers or to participate by phone:
Call: +1 (669) 900 - 9128 US (San Jose) or (877) 853 – 5247
Enter Meeting ID: 982 8147 9813
Enter Participant ID provided on your computer or to participate by phone press "#" to confirm you are a participant and enter the meeting.

For Phone Only Participants:

  • Unmute - Use *6 to mute and unmute yourself.
  • Raise Hand - Use *9 to raise your hand if you wish to make a comment and the meeting host will prompt you when it is your turn to speak.

This workshop may be recorded and comments may be abbreviated or grouped for a meeting summary for the City Council. If you are unable to participate at the virtual workshop or would like to submit comments early, please complete the questionnaire and submit the completed questionnaire using the instructions for submitting written comments below. 

Zoom Tutorials

You must use Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone in order to view the presentations.  A call-in, audio-only option is also available. These tutorials are based on Zoom on your computer, not a tablet or smartphone.  Please search the internet for "zoom tutorial" and your search criteria for more tutorials.

Installing Zoom and Testing Audio - link to Zoom:  Before the meeting starts, please download the Zoom Meetings app.  It is available on Windows, Apple, and Android devices.  You can join the meeting audio via your computer (test that your microphone works) or by calling in separately via phone.  

HoZoom Tutorial 2w to Raise Hand and Chat - link to YouTube. To ask questions or provide comments, please use the Raise Hand or Chat function.

  • To Raise Hand, click on "Participants" button and then "Raise Hand." 
  • To Chat, click the "Chat" button and click on the Moderator (Co-Host) you would like to chat with.  How to Chat

Audio, View, and Display Settings - link to YouTube

More Tutorials - link to Zoom Support

Technical Support and Other Accommodations

If viewing online or calling in via telephone, it is recommended to log in at least 30 minutes prior to the commencement of the meeting. For more information on how to connect, visit poway.org/meetinghelp.  If you have trouble connecting or accessing the meeting, the Information Technology team is available to help at (858) 668-4451.

If you do not have internet access, are not able to participate in this workshop via Zoom, would prefer to participate in Spanish, or need special accommodations or assistance, please contact David De Vries, City Planner, via email  or (858) 668-4604, by 3 p.m. prior to the workshop.  After 3 p.m., please contact technical support at (858) 668-4451.


  • Brief Online Community Survey Released for Public Submissions (November 4, 2020 to November 30, 2020) 
  • Virtual Community Workshop 1 (Thursday, November 19th, 2020; 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
  • City Staff Prepares Draft Elements (Winter, 2020-2021)
  • Virtual Community Workshop 2 and Preliminary Draft Released for Public Review (Winter, 2021) 
  • Draft Submission to HCD and CalFire (Winter, 2021)
  • City Council Review of Draft (Spring, 2021)
  • CalFire and HCD Certification (Spring, 2021)

How To Submit Written Comments

If you wish to provide written comments, you may email, mail, or fax your comments to David De Vries, City Planner, “Attention David De Vries, City of Poway, 13325 Civic Center Drive, Poway, CA 92064,” or (858) 668-1211 (fax). Please indicate “Housing & Public Safety Element Update Comments” in your subject line. Comments are encouraged to be provided at your earliest convenience, but will be accepted until 3:00 p.m. on the date of the City Council meeting (anticipated in March 2021).  Comments will not be read out loud during the meeting, but will be provided to City staff and members of the City Council and will be available to the general public on the City’s website. Please be advised that any communications directed to the City, including City Council and City staff, are subject to disclosure pursuant to the California Public Records Act.  Communications will not be edited for redactions, except in compliance with State law.


For any additional questions or comments, e-mail or call Scott Nespor, Associate Planner (Housing Element Update) via email or at (858) 668-4656, or Austin Silva, Senior Planner (Public Safety Element Update) via email or at (858) 668-4658.  

Para poder participar en comunicados actualizados de alojamiento y seguridad favor de comunicarse con Hector Salgado, planificador, al 858-668-4659.

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