This webpage provides information about and links to Portola Valley's housing element update, State requirements for housing elements, the Ad Hoc Housing Committee which met in the first half of 2013, and Assemblyman Rich Gordon's Housing Element Taskforce.

Portola Valley 2014 Housing Element

The Town's overall plan for housing is set forth in the Housing Element of the General Plan, which describes the Town's goals for housing and programs to plan for and encourage housing in the Town.

California law requires that all Housing Elements be updated on a schedule set by the state. The Town of Portola Valley most recently adopted a Housing Element on January 14, 2015 and will next need to update the element in 2022. The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) certified Portola Valley's adopted 2014 Housing Element on January 30, 2015. Links to the adopted housing element and the letter from the HCD are provided below:

For information and links to previous meetings concerning the development of the 2014 Housing Element, use the link below:

State Housing Element Requirements

All jurisdiction in California must have a General Plan which sets forth the community's visions and goals for its future.  The Housing Element is one of seven required elements of the General Plan, and is the only element which the State reviews and certifies as to whether it meets state requirements.  For more information about State requirements for the Housing Element, click here.

Ad Hoc Housing Committee

The 2014 Housing Element followed work completed by the Ad Hoc Housing Committee in the first part of 2013.  Click here to see information about the Committee and the final report of the Committee, as well as agendas and related materials.

Rich Gordon's Housing Element Taskforce

Assemblyman Gordon has assembled a taskforce to identify legislative options to address the pressing needs to balance local control and state mandates, while also addressing the need for affordable housing in the region.  Councilmember Derwin and staff will continue to be active participants in this effort.  Notes from the Taskforce's meetings will be posted here when available.

Notes from 7/15/13 Housing Taskforce Meeting


HIP Housing - Home Sharing Program

The Human Investment Project for Housing (HIP Housing) is a nonprofit organization that conducts a program in San Mateo County to match housing “providers” with housing “seekers.” Rents are established on a case-by-case basis and can sometimes be partly defrayed by services. For more information on their Home Sharing program, please visit


If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Planning Director Debbie Pedro at or 650-851-1700 ex. 218.