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We strive to make housing affordable and accessible for every Californian.

Ascent’s housing experts are working with cities, counties, and regional governments across California to provide comprehensive solutions to today’s most challenging housing issues. We have worked on over 70 housing elements during the last three cycles and are well versed in addressing the latest housing legislation. We work with our clients to develop innovative approaches to housing elements and develop tailored solutions for accommodating regional housing needs allocations, preparing fair housing assessments, creating strategies to combat discrimination and advance equal access to opportunity, and preparing associated housing-related zoning updates for compliance with state law. We have partnered with local governments, nonprofits, and private sector developers to create innovative solutions for addressing homelessness in some of the most impacted regions of California. Our team has provided housing expertise to regional councils of government across the state, including SACOG, SCAG, and SANDAG, to advance best practices for streamlining and accelerating housing production.

  • Specific plans, community plans, master plans, and area plans
  • Comprehensive planning
  • Housing elements and housing policy
  • Corridor plans, complete streets, and station area plans
  • Housing-related zoning amendments
  • Staffing assistance and legislation support
  • Inclusive community engagement
San Diego County, California
SANDAG Technical Assistance Program
Sunnyvale, California
Sunnyvale 6th Cycle Housing Element
El Cerrito, California
El Cerrito 6th Cycle Housing Element
Sacramento, California
Sacramento 2021–2029 Housing Element
Union City, California
Union City 2023–2031 Housing Element
Folsom, California
Folsom 2021–2029 Housing Element

Chelsey Norton Payne AICP
Director of Urban Planning


Heidi Gen Kuong AICP
Urban Planner/Project Manager


  • California Department of Housing and Community Development
  • Fresno Council of Governments
  • Sacramento Area Council of Governments
  • San Diego Association of Governments
  • County of El Dorado
  • County of Placer
  • County of Sacramento
  • County of Sutter
  • County of Ventura
  • City of Carlsbad
  • City of Clovis
  • City of Davis
  • City of El Cerrito
  • City of Folsom
  • City of Fresno
  • City of Lathrop
  • City of Oakley
  • City of Orange Cove
  • City of Placerville
  • City of Roseville
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of San Joaquin
  • City of Sunnyvale
  • City of Union City
  • Town of Truckee
  • PlaceWorks
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