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RHNA Public Comment Period Closes November 27th at noon, Public Hearing November 12th

ABAG / MTC
375 Beale St, Suite 800
San Francisco, California 94105
November 10, 2020 to November 27, 2020

Bay Area local governments and residents are invited by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) to comment on the 6th Cycle of the Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RH NA) process.

Under this process, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) identifies the total number of homes for which each region in California must plan in order to meet the housing needs of people at all income levels over an eight-year period. ABAG is responsible for developing a methodology to allocate a portion of this housing need to every local government in the Bay Area. In turn, each local government must update its Housing Element to demonstrate the sites, policies, and strategies necessary to meet the community's housing needs.

CLICK ON THIS LINK to review the Proposed Methodology and Subregional Shares report for more details about the proposed methodology and the draft subregional shares.

A public hearing for each component to receive public testimony will be held during the meeting of the ABAG Regional Planning Committee on Thursday, November 12, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. The proposed RHNA Methodology and Subregional Shares will be open for public comment beginning October 25, 2020.


ABAG is soliciting comments on the following two components of the 6th Cycle RHNA process:

1. Proposed RHNA Methodology: The RHNA methodology is a formula that calculates the number of housing units assigned to each city and county, and the formula also distributes each jurisdiction's housing unit allocation among four affordability levels. The RHNA allocation must meet the statutory objectives of RHNA and be consistent with the forecasted development pattern from Plan Bay Area 2050.

2. Draft Subregional Shares of Region al Housing Need: As pan of the RHNA process, local jurisdictions have the opponent to form a subregion to conduct an allocation process that parallels, but is separate from, the regional process. ABAG is responsible for determining each subregion's share of housing need, and each subregion is then required to complete all of the statutory steps in the RHNA process to develop an allocation of housing units that meets the same statutory requirements as the regional allocation process, including consistency with Plan Bay Area 2050. Subregions have formed in Napa County (includes City of American Canyon, City of Napa, Town of Yountville, and the County of Napa) and in Solano County (includes all jurisdictions).

A public hearing for each component to receive public comments will be held during the November 12, 2020 ABAG Regional Planning Committee (RPG) meeting. Visit the public hearing website for more information. Materials related to the Proposed RHNA Methodology and Draft Subregional Shares are posted on ABAG"s RHNA website.

Written comments will be accepted until the extended date of 12:00 noon, Friday, November 27th, 2020 and may be submitted to the Association of Bay Area Governments and Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s (ABAG-MTC) Public Information Office via e-mail to RHNA@bayareametro.gov or via USPS at 375 Beale St, Suite 800, San Francisco, CA 94105. Please include “Proposed RHNA Methodology and Subregional Shares” in the subject line. Oral testimony will be received until the close of the public hearing on November 12, 2020.

Please include “Proposed RHNA Methodology and Subregional Shares" in the subject line. Oral testimony will be received until the close of the public hearing on November 12, 2020.

Staff will consider comments and will recommend any necessary adjustments to the Proposed RHNA Methodology and/or Draft Subregional Shares to the ABAG Executive Board for final adoption in the Draft RHNA Methodology and Final Subregional Shares, respectively. The ABAG Executive Board is slated to take final action on these items at its January 21, 2021 meeting.


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Website: https://abag.ca.gov/our-work/housing/rhna-regional-housing-needs-allocation/public-comment-period-proposed-rhna