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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) offered its gratitude and congratulations to its First Vice President, Randon Lane, who has resigned to accept a presidential appointment in Washington, D.C.

On Tuesday, Lane announced his resignation as Mayor Pro-Tem of the City of Murrieta, as well as his appointed roles at SCAG, the League of California Cities and the Riverside Transit Agency, to accept a role within the U.S. Department of Transportation.

“Randon has shown extraordinary leadership on regional transportation issues throughout Southern California. His city and our region will miss him, but we know he will accomplish great things in Washington,” said SCAG President Bill Jahn.

Rex Richardson, a Long Beach City Councilmember, will replace Lane as SCAG’s First Vice President. The agency’s Regional Council will select Richardson’s successor as Second Vice President at its September meeting.

Read the full press release here.

​In order to have a more transparent process and maximize public input, prior to recommending to the RHNA Subcommittee in early October, SCAG staff will conduct a Workshop on Sept. 23 to provide the general public and local jurisdictions a preview of the staff-recommended RHNA Allocation Methodology (RHNA Methodology) after considering all public comments received before the deadline on Sept. 13.

On Oct. 7, staff will present to the RHNA Subcommittee on the RHNA Methodology for recommendation to the Community, Economic and Human Development (CEHD) Policy Committee, which will then forward its recommendation to the Regional Council (RC) in November for submittal to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) for a 60-day review.

Additional information on upcoming meetings can be found below:

1. ​Preview of Staff Recommended RHNA Allocation Methodology Workshop
Monday, September 23, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
*Videoconferencing and view-only webcast available:
https://scag.zoom.us/j/705186896

2. RHNA Subcommittee Meeting
Monday, October 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
*Videoconferencing and view-only webcast available:
https://scag.zoom.us/j/807124298

3. CEHD Committee Special Meeting
Monday, October 21, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
*Live Stream Available

4. Regional Council Regular Meeting
Thursday, November 7, 2019
12:15 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
*Live Stream Available

For videoconferencing site information, please visit scag.ca.gov/about/Pages/SCAGOffices.aspx. Meeting agendas for the RHNA Subcommittee, CEHD and RC are scheduled to be posted about one week prior to the meeting date. For more information on RHNA, please visit scag.ca.gov/rhna. For questions or if you’d like to be added to the RHNA mailing list, please e-mail housing@scag.ca.gov​.

Keywords : RHNA

​Yesterday, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) transmitted the final Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) determination​ of 1,344,740 total units for the six-county SCAG region. This number reflects the number of housing units the region must plan for in the October 2021 – October 2029 planning period. 

Specifically, the regional determination was comprised of the following four income categories:

Income Category Percent  Housing Unit Need 
Very-Low* ​26.1% ​350,998 
Low ​15.3%  ​206,338
Modera​te ​16.7%  ​225,152 
​Above-Moderate ​41.8% ​562,252 ​​
Total  100.0%​ 1,344,740 ​

 

What's Next: Per state statute, SCAG has 30 days after receipt of the final RHNA determination to either accept the number or file an objection if the basis is consistent with state housing law. Staff is currently in the process of evaluating the final regional determination figure and the accompanying factors and methodology utilized by HCD to reach its final determination and will provide a recommendation. The analysis, and staff’s recommendation, will be presented and discussed at the Sept. 5 Community, Economic and Human Development Committee and Regional Council meetings.

How This Will Affect Local Jurisdictions: As part of the RHNA process, SCAG must determine how the regional determination figure will be allocated or distributed to local jurisdictions across the region – referred to as the RHNA Allocation Methodology. Local jurisdictions are then required to plan for the inclusion of these new housing units in their local Housing Elements.

SCAG is currently seeking public comments on several options for a Proposed RHNA Allocation Methodology through Sept. 13. Several public hearings have been held, with one remaining on Tuesday, Aug. 27, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at the San Bernardino County Transportation Authority. In addition, staff will host a public information session on Thursday, Aug. 29, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., at City of Santa Clarita Activities Center.  

Following the conclusion of the public comment period, SCAG staff will present a Final Proposed RHNA Allocation Methodology recommendation to the Regional Council for approval at its Nov. 7 meeting.

For more information about the public hearing and information session, please visit SCAG’s RHNA webpage. For questions or comments about RHNA, please e-mail housing@scag.ca.gov.

Keywords : RHNA

​Los Angeles – The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) today opened the public comment period on how best to allocate local housing need – a critical step forward in addressing an affordability crisis that has broad ramifications on our region’s prosperity and quality of life.

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.

“No community is immune from the safety, health and economic consequences of the housing crisis,” said Bill Jahn, President of SCAG. He noted that the average California home price is nearly 2 ½ times above the national average, while the average rent is nearly 50% higher than the rest of the country. More than 50% of households spend more than 30% of their paychecks on housing costs.

Three methodologies for determining local housing need were reviewed Thursday by SCAG’s Regional Council. Those options were based on feedback received from RHNA Subcommittee members and members of the public.

Read the full press release here​.For more information about the public hearings, please visit the RHNA webpage​

Keywords : RHNA
Posted July 30, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-09 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, and Ventura Counties. The Public Review period starts on July 30, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at http://ftip.scag.ca.gov/Pages/2019/proposed.aspx.

Please note that some of the changes or project additions may be for projects funded with Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Section 5307 funds. This public involvement opportunity is provided to meet the public involvement requirements for the program of projects.

SCAG is relying on the public participation process for the FTIP to satisfy FTA public participation requirements for the transit program of projects. The public notice of public participation activities and the time established for public review of and comments on the FTIP will satisfy the pop requirements of the Section 5307 program.

Additionally, SCAG is adding language in 2019 FTIP Amendment #19-09 to address the federal requirements for performance measures.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-07 will be the final program unless amended, and a final notice will not be published.

If you have any questions or comments concerning this amendment, contact John Asuncion at (213) 236-1936 no later than 5:00 p.m. on August 8, 2019.

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