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SCAG releases housing allocation methodology options for public comment and review

Last Thursday, the SCAG Regional Council voted to open a public comment period on how best to allocate local housing need as part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA). SCAG has released three methodology options for calculating the number of housing units each city must plan for during the upcoming October 2021 – October 2029 RHNA planning cycle.

SCAG will conduct four public hearings and accept written comments over the next several weeks for residents, businesses and stakeholders to weigh in on three options for determining local housing needs as part of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) process.

California requires that every city and county adequately plan to meet current and projected housing needs, and through RHNA, determines what that need is every eight years. Later this month, the state is expected to announce the latest need assessment for the six-county region, at which point SCAG is required to develop a proposed plan for how to allocate those numbers to local jurisdictions.

Following the public comment period, SCAG staff will review all comments received and make a proposal to the RHNA Subcommittee to recommend one distribution methodology as the “draft RHNA methodology” at a special meeting, which is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 23. The recommendation from the RHNA Subcommittee will be further reviewed and considered for approval by the Community, Economic and Human Development (CEHD) Committee at a specially scheduled meeting in late September 2019 and thereafter by the Regional Council at its meeting in October 2019.

The proposed RHNA methodology options, as well as the dates, times and locations of the public hearings, are available on the RHNA webpage. All public comments on the proposed RHNA methodology must be received by SCAG no later than Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 5:00 p.m. Written comments can also be submitted directly to [email protected].

This article was released by the Southern California Association of Governments.