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 August 13, 2021 to avoid any penalty. 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 with 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.

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Housing and Public Safety Online Survey

On Wednesday, November 4, 2020, the Planning Division released an online public survey regarding housing and public safety in Poway. This survey was available through November 30, 2020. There were 529 survey respondents. Respondents were asked to respond only one time per household, however, there were no limitations on the number of survey responses provided the responses were not from the same IP Address (typically the same device could not respond more than once). When asked where responders first heard about the questionnaire, the top source was direct email (69%) and Facebook, Nextdoor, and the Chieftain accounted for other significant marketing resources. Except for six respondents, almost all of respondents were Poway residents including 79% who identified themselves as property owners and 4% who identified themselves as renters. Other respondents included Poway business owners (7%) and housing advocates (1%). Topics for the survey included demographic information, public safety, wildfire prevention, architectural styles, and housing needs, opportunities, and constraints. Review the survey responses here.

Virtual Community Workshop 1 Summary

On Thursday, November 19, 2020, the City hosted a Virtual Housing and Public Safety Element Workshop regarding housing and public safety in Poway. The workshop is the first in a series of two workshops and included moderation by the City’s Planners, Fire Marshal, and Crime Prevention Specialist. At least 16 persons were in attendance. Several attendees were proud of the City being safe and many attendees felt that more affordable housing opportunities would be a good change for the City. Comments included, but were not limited to, retaining the City’s rural character/motto, preserving open space, providing housing within the urban core and more ADA accessible, multigenerational, and affordable housing, providing diverse designs compatible with surrounding areas and with the City’s rural character, promoting walking, biking, and other outdoor opportunities, reducing risks from wildfires and providing more education, enforcing defensible space regulations, reducing traffic speeds, and increasing pedestrian lighting. The Poway Chieftain newspaper also published an article summarizing the workshop. Review the article here.

Draft Housing Element Update for 6th Housing Element Cycle (June 30, 2020 to April 15, 2029)

Available for 20-day public review. View draft update.

This is an early draft and will be revised based on public input and City Council direction. Comments may be submitted by end of day May 4, 2021 Late submittals will be accepted prior to adoption by the City Council, but may not be considered in the review by HCD.

Virtual Community Workshop 2 - April 29 at 7 p.m.

On Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., the City of Poway will be hosting a virtual community workshop to engage the public about housing in the City of Poway. A subsequent workshop about public safety will be held after the draft Public Safety Element update is released. The Second Housing Element update workshop will be hosted via Zoom and will include moderation by the City’s Planners. Don’t miss this opportunity to provide your feedback on the future of housing in Poway!

To Speak and Participate: 

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

Step 2: Join the Zoom meeting on Thursday, April 29 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: 996 0464 2495
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.

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.  

How 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 "Reactions" button and then "Raise Hand." Raise Hand Button Location

  • 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 SurveyReleased for Public Submissions (November 4 to November 30, 2020) – completed, results posted at Housing and Public Safety Element webpage (www.poway.org/hpse)
  • Virtual Community Workshop 1 (Thursday, November 19, 2020; 7 to 8:30 p.m.) - completed, results posted at Housing and Public Safety Element webpage (www.poway.org/hpse)
  • City Staff Prepares Draft Housing Element Update (Spring, 2021) – Early Draft Housing Element Update released for public review April 15, 2021
  • Virtual Housing Element Community Workshop 2 (April 29, 2021 at 7 p.m.) 
  • Virtual Housing Element City Council Public Workshop (May 4, 2021 at regularly scheduled City Council Meeting)
  • Draft Submission of Housing Element Update to HCD (May 6, 2021)
  • City Council Review of Final Housing Element Update (August 3, 2021); Final HCD deadline to adopt Housing Element Update is August 13, 2021
  • HCD Certification (Summer, 2021)
  • Virtual Public Safety Community Workshop 2 and Preliminary Draft Release for Public Review (Summer/Fall 2021) 
  • Draft Submission to Public Safety Element Update to CalFire for 90 day review (Summer/Fall 2021)
  • City Council Review of final Public Safety Element Update (Winter 2021/2022)

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, via email , “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 p.m. on the date of the City Council meeting (anticipated in August 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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