Affordable Housing Toolkit

Resources for Renters/Property Owners

  1. City of concord
  2. Contra costa county 
  3. contra costa county housing authority

The Housing Element provides a list of vacant and underutilized sites identified in the Sites Inventory. A map is being created which contains site area, zoning, and other information. The site inventory map will be COMING SOON

  1. city funding
  2. county funding
  3. state funding
  4. federal funding

There is currently no affordable housing development funding available. The Housing division will provide more information about any funding that becomes available.

If you are interested in acquiring and/or rehabilitating an older multi-family rental complex in the City of Concord, and in extending or introducing an affordable housing component to the complex, the City of Concord may be able to partially subsidize the cost of the acquisition/rehabilitation. Please contact Sophia Huckabay, Housing Manager, for more information.


  1. planning
  2. housing
  3. building
  4. engineering
  5. transportation

The Planning Division coordinates the planning entitlement process and administers zoning and applicable state laws (including environmental review) for new housing projects.Zoning Requirements

*Certain state bills may modify some or all of these requirements.

  • California Environmental Quality Act (State OPR)
  • Relevant State Bills
    • AB 2011 – Authorizes CEQA-exempt, ministerial, multifamily housing developments in areas primarily zoned for office, retail, or parking. Developments must meet specified objective standards and minimum thresholds for affordability.
    • SB 6 – Deems multifamily housing developments as an allowable use on a parcel in zones where office, retail, or parking are principally permitted uses if specified requirements are met, including labor, prevailing wages, and density. SB 6 projects can invoke SB 35 and the Housing Accountability Act. They are not exempt from CEQA.
    • AB 2097 – Prohibits minimum automobile parking requirements on housing and other qualifying developments within 1/2 mile of major transit stations. City retains authority to require parking under specified circumstances, including where a parking demand study shows the project would have an adverse impact on on-street parking in the vicinity.
    • SB 35 – Creates a streamlined, ministerial review process for qualifying multifamily residential projects. Projects over 10 units are subject to affordability and labor requirements. Projects within specified environmentally sensitive areas (e.g. wetlands, earthquake fault zones) are not eligible.
    • SB 9 – Creates a streamlined ministerial approval process for two-unit developments and “urban lot splits” in single-family zoning districts, under Government Code Sections 65852.21, 66411.7, and 66452.6. SB 9 applies in all Residential Single-Family (RS) and Residential Rural (RR) zones.
    • SB 4 – Allows by-right approval of affordable units on land owned by either a religious organization or an institution of higher learning. Certain requirements will need to be met, including location criteria and affordability thresholds.

For more on information on Planning requirements, visit the Planning Division webpage.

Planning staff are available Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. for phone inquiries at 925-671-3152 or by email at zoning@cityofconcord.org


Application Acceptability Review

Pre-submittal Meeting

The City strongly recommends that developers request a pre-submittal meeting which engages the Planning, Housing, Engineering and Transportation Divisions in one setting. 

It is best to bring ideas and proposals to this meeting for direct feedback from the divisions who will be approving these proposals, so they are able to identify any design flaws, challenges or other opportunities for any proposed projects.

Please check the fee schedule to determine the cost for this meeting.

Preliminary Application Review

The City also offers a Preliminary Application process, which provides a more thorough review than the Pre-submittal Meeting, including a full Development Advisory Committee review, written comments, and a conceptual review by the Design Review Board.

This process is used for Preliminary Applications under SB 330 (CA Gov. Code Section 65941.1).

Please check the fee schedule to determine the cost for this meeting.

fee schedule

Visit the fee schedule webpage to view this information.

Visit Annual Financial Reports webpage to view the past Annual Fee Reports.

OTHER RELEVANT financial reports

Engineering Sewer Reports