General Plan

City of Poway 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 updated draft 2020-2029 Housing Element is now available for viewing on the City’s website.

City of Poway General Plan

The City's General Plan is divided into 6 master elements: Community Development, Public Facilities, Transportation, Resources, Public Safety, and Housing. Some of these master elements are further divided: Community Development includes Land Use and Community Design; Transportation includes Roadways, Public Transit, Bikeways, and Pedestrian Facilities; Resources includes Natural Resources, and Prehistoric and Historic Resources; and Public Safety includes Emergency Services and Hazard Management.

General Plan Sections

Housing Element

The City of Poway began its state-mandated update to the Housing Element of the General Plan in 2020.  The update covers the period from June 30, 2020 to April 15, 2029.  The process included an online survey, several virtual community workshops and a public workshop held by the City Council.  On August 3, 2021, the City Council adopted an updated Housing Element (Housing Element update- July 2021, below).  City staff had been working with the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on the document contents.  The City Council’s adoption of the Housing Element provided direction to City staff to continue to coordinate with HCD to address HCD’s comments (HCD Comment letter-July 9, 2021, below) to achieve State certification.  After working with HCD to address their comments, the City submitted draft revisions to the adopted Housing Element to HCD on October 30, 2022 for a required 60-day review (October 2022 submittal, below).  Since then, City staff has been working continuously with HCD staff to address their comments on the document, including several informal reviews by HCD.  The Housing Element Update has been revised and is ready for final review by HCD for certification.  The updated 2020-2029 Housing Element (Housing Element Update- January 2024, below) addresses all comments received from HCD as a part of their previous reviews.  State law requires that the updated housing element be available for public review for seven days prior to submittal to HCD for the final 60-day review.  The updated 2020-2029 Housing Element was available for public review on January 11, 2024.  The City submitted the document to HCD for final review and certification on January 22, 2024 along with the comment letters received during the seven-day review period.


Bob Manis, Director of Development Services – 858-668-4601 or Email

Charlotte Brenner, Assistant Planner – 858-668-4659 or Email

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