Santa Cruz County is the second smallest county in acreage in the state. According to sources such as the Santa Cruz County Association of Realtors and the Wall Street Journal, Santa Cruz is in the top 5 most expensive areas in the United States to live with an approximate 45% of income going to housing. This has a definitive impact on the community by:
Land Use Planning
Our Land Planning search provides you a list of resources on our website that will help you start your building process. The resources provided are to help you with building permit applications, subdivision approvals, and project feasibility. These businesses will be able to make the process as pleasant as possible and keep you informed on the processes taking place.
Plans for the Future of Housing in Santa Cruz County
The Housing Element Plan is one of 7 areas required in the County's General Plan and is revised every eight years. The purpose of the plan is ensure that the county maintains an adequate supply of housing options for all income levels while improving the availability of low to moderate-income housing. This comprehensive document covers Community Profile, Housing Needs, Housing Constraints, Quantified Housing Objectives as well as other facts and figures pertaining to the state of our housing issues. While this document is 137 pages, it has an easily navigated link/table of contents to quickly get you to your area of interest. The county's four main cities of Santa Cruz, Watsonville, Scotts Valley, and Capitola all have their own Housing Element Plans. These individualized plans allow each city to determine what housing issues are the most pressing in each city so that those cities may work towards a solution for each issue.
Housing Authority of Santa Cruz County provides information on Rental Assistance Programs, Home-ownership Programs, Finding Rental Housing, and other Community Resources. Santa Cruz Association of Realtors provides housing market statistics for the cities in the Santa Cruz area.