Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA)
SACOG serves two roles in housing for the six-county Sacramento region. First, as the region’s transportation planning agency, SACOG promotes and provides assistance to local governments to implement the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. Housing plays a key role in the MTP/SCS, and SACOG is looking for ways to support its member agencies with technical support to housing production to meet the region’s needs.
SACOG also has a key role in the State’s Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) process. Every eight years, the State of Calfornia’s Housing and Community Development Department (HCD) provides SACOG with a regional determination, which represents the number of units the region must plan for. SACOG is responsible for developing a methodology for allocating that number by income category to each city and county in the region. Once jurisdictions have their RHNA, they must adopt a Housing Element that demonstrates how they can accommodate their RHNA in their zoning. See the link below for more details on SACOG’s Final RHNA Determination for the 2021-2029 cycle.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Survey (AFFH)
As a part of the RHNA process, SACOG is required by State law to conduct a survey of fair housing issues, strategies, and actions. The results of this survey are summarized below. Many of the insights of this survey are incorporated into the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu and will be memorialized in the RHNA Plan.
SACOG Board to Adopt RHNA Methodology Nov. 21
The SACOG staff is requesting that the SACOG Board of Directors select one of the four options in the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu for approval. The action is expected at the Thursday, November 21 SACOG Board meeting, which starts at 9:30 a.m. at the SACOG office (1415 L Street, Suite 300, Sacramento). Prior to this proposed action, the SACOG Board released the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu for public comment for the 2021-2029 RHNA Cycle at its September 19, 2019 meeting. In addition, the Board held a public hearing for public comment on the four draft methodologies at its October 31, 2019 meeting. The Menu provides four options for how to assign the RHNA numbers across the region, including the staff-recommended Option C. Each option furthers the statutory objectives of RHNA and reflects over a year of input from stakeholders, the public, and local housing planning staff. Please click the link below to see the full methodology menu.
If you would like to provide written comments on the Draft RHNA Methodology Menu, please email them directly to RHNA@sacog.org by 11/8/19. All comments will be included in the staff report for the Board’s 11/21/19 meeting and may include a written comment by the SACOG staff in the staff report. Any comments after 11/8/19 will be provided to the Board and will be included in the public record, but may not have written responses.
If you would like to provide input in person, SACOG will be holding a public hearing before it takes action to select and approve one methodology at its November 21, 2019 Board meeting, which starts at 9:30 AM.
For non-RHNA housing issues please see Housing Research and Resources