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Housing Strategy

Housing affordability is a central concern in the Bay Area. As such, the City is studying ways to positively impact local housing conditions for Sunnyvale’s residents and workers, focusing on issues such as affordability, accessibility and preservation. Our goal is to develop a Housing Strategy that will identify potential improvements to existing housing programs as well as approaches to increase affordable housing stock and improve housing affordability in the City.


Jenny Carloni, Housing Officer, 408-730-7250

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A 2017 Study Issue, the Sunnyvale Housing Strategy identified thirteen new strategies to improve upon or create new programs and policies for addressing the affordable housing needs of the community. The four key components of the Housing Strategy included mobile home parks, age-friendly housing, and the supply and demand of housing. The process included extensive outreach and was adopted by the City Council on October 13, 2020. Of the thirteen approved strategies, the City Council identified five to begin in FY2020/21, referred to throughout the document as Tier 1.

Read the 2020 Housing Strategy

Tier 1 Strategy Implementation Progress

Read about the Mobile Home Parks Memorandum of Understanding

Promote Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

Work will be done throughout 2021 to improve ease of development.
Read current information on ADUs

Up-zone Land to Facilitate Increased Residential Development in Identified Specific Plan Areas

The Community Development Department is underway on updating various specific plans.
Review Specific Plan updates

Adopt a Right-to-Lease Ordinance

Outreach is planned for fall 2021.


The City Council selected the Housing Strategy as a Study Issue on Feb. 17, 2017. The Housing Strategy Study Issue was proposed to holistically examine the overall local housing context given growing concern about housing affordability and availability in Sunnyvale and our region. The project will analyze strategies that the City can most effectively implement and assist the largest number of residents or those seeking housing or both. The general goal of the Housing Strategy, as outlined in the Dec. 12, 2017 Report to Council, is to identify potential improvements to existing programs and approaches to increase affordable housing stock or improve housing affordability in Sunnyvale or both. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2020.

In 2018, the City selected BAE Urban Economics of Berkeley as the lead consultant to develop the Sunnyvale Housing Strategy, with PlaceWorks assisting with community outreach. The City approved a public engagement plan in fall 2018 and community outreach events are scheduled to begin February 2019. Initial workshops will focus on mobile home park program opportunities and updating the inclusionary housing ordinance for rental developments.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2021