Housing, Community, and Economic Development

The Housing, Community, and Economic Development (HCED) Policy Committee reviews issues related to general plans and zoning, housing, rent control, land use regulation, development fees, building standards, and economic development policy including redevelopment and enterprise zones. 


Resources for Cities

by Housing, Community, and Economic Development Issue


Blueprint for More Housing 2020

Affordably priced homes are out of reach for many people and housing is not being built fast enough to meet the current or projected needs of people living in the state. Cities lay the groundwork for housing by planning and zoning new projects in their communities, but they cannot solve the housing crisis alone. 

For more than a year, Cal Cities proactively worked with city leaders on solutions to the housing crisis. In February 2020, the Cal Cities Board of Directors overwhelmingly supported a bold housing production proposal that, if fully implemented, will lay the foundation for the immediate production of much-needed housing across all income levels. 


California Grants Portal

The California Grants Portal (a project by the California State Library) is your one destination to find all grants and loans offered on a competitive or first-come basis by California state agencies. 

Policy Committee


Committee Members

The committee's membership is comprised of representatives from each of the Cal Cities professional departments and regional divisions.

Committee Officers

2021 Chair - Marilyn Ezzy-Ashcraft, Mayor, Alameda
2021 Vice Chair - Marshall Goodman, City Council Member, La Palma
Meeting Agendas and Highlights
The 2021 Housing, Community and Economic Development  Policy Committee will meet virtually this year on the following dates and times:

  • Thursday, January 14, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 15, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, June 3, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, September 15, from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Environmental Quality Issues Roundtable

October 19, 2021 11:00 AM


Environmental issues and their implications are some of the most pressing challenges that California cities are facing today. It’s critical that California cities face these issues together. Join us for an Environmental Quality Issues Roundtable Discussion on October 19 at 11 a.m. to discuss how these issues are impacting your city, learn best practices from other cities, and discover ways to address these problems together.  

Discussion Moderated by: Derek Dolfie; Legislative Affairs, Lobbyist for Environmental Quality and Community Services; League of California Cities

Topics for discussion will include:

  • Organic Waste Regulation Implementation (SB 1383)
  • Climate Resiliency and Adaptation
  • Sea level rise/coastal issues
  • Disaster Preparedness and Response
  • Local green initiatives

Roundtable conversations are member-driven. If you have topics or questions you’d like to discuss at this roundtable, let us know here.

Roundtable Discussions are available as an exclusive member benefit and are open to Cal Cities member cities only. Discussions are member-driven and will not be recorded. For more information on Roundtable Discussions, please email Meghan McKelvey. For questions specific to registration, please contact Cal Cities’ Registrar, Megan Dunn.

Take Action

Our advocacy efforts are strongest when joined by the voices of city leaders. Visit the action center for a list of current priority legislative bills and proposals, and sample letters of support or opposition.


Make your voice heard

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Contact Staff

Rhine, Jason
Jason Rhine
Assistant Legislative Director
(916) 658-8264

Pina, Johnnie
Johnnie Piña
Policy Analyst
(916) 658-8214

Curious why Cal Cities supports or opposes certain bills or measures? Advocacy efforts are determined by Annual Conference Resolutions or the Existing Policy and Guiding Principles.