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​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

Keywords : RHNA

On Thursday, Dec. 5, SCAG and the Southern California Leadership Council will host the 10th Annual Southern California Economic Summit at The L.A. Grand Hotel Downtown in Los Angeles. The program will include highlights of the Connect SoCal plan: From generating new jobs to creating efficiency gains for commuters, shipping and travel, realizing the goal of a strong regional transportation system has economic benefits for all of the region’s 19 million residents. The event will also tackle the question of how our region is going to address the growing challenge of housing affordability. The day-long program will open with remarks from Senator Toni Atkins, President pro Tem of California’s upper legislative chamber. Senator Atkins joins a lineup of leading voices in business, industry, planning and academia, including keynote speaker Noel Perry, founder of Next 10 and more. Join us, along with Southern California’s civic and business leaders, for this vital conversation on the region’s economic future. Tickets are still available – reserve your seat today.

The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) released a draft of Connect SoCal, its 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, for public review and comment on Nov. 14. Connect SoCal, the 2020-2045 Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy, presents a long–range vision that balances future mobility and housing needs with economic, environmental and public health goals. It will help guide the region's growth, and includes transportation improvements and land use ideas to shape the future of Southern California.

A full press release is available here.

During the 10-week comment period, which will run through Jan. 24, 2020, SCAG will hold three public hearings and 21 briefings for local elected officials throughout the region. More details on public events discussing the plan are available at

The Draft Connect SoCal plan and 20 technical reports supporting the draft plan are available for download on the Connect SoCal website.

Keywords : regional transportation plan
Posted November 12, 2019

The Southern California Association of Governments is in receipt of the 2019 Federal Transportation Improvement Program (FTIP) Amendment #19-15 for Imperial, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, and San Bernardino counties. The Public Review period starts on November 12, 2019 and will conclude at 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 2019.

A copy of the Project Listing is located on the SCAG FTIP website Proposed Amendment link at

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.

Subject to revisions to address comments received during the public review period, the 2019 FTIP as revised by Proposed Amendment #19-15 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 Pablo Gutierrez at (213) 236-1929 no later than 5:00 p.m. on November 21, 2019.

On Thursday, SCAG’s Regional Council voted to advance a draft RHNA Allocation Methodology introduced by City of Riverside representative Mayor Rusty Bailey, directing staff to make refinements to the allocation methodology before sending to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD). In comments, the board adopted this alternative approach to shift housing needs closer to jobs centers and high quality transit, and sought to avoid contributing to greater sprawl and traffic congestion.

The Regional Council-approved draft RHNA Allocation Methodology changes the distribution of 1.34 million housing units across the region from what staff had originally proposed. HCD has 60 days to review and make comments to SCAG’s draft RHNA Allocation Methodology. After considering HCD’s input, SCAG’s Regional Council will vote to adopt a final RHNA Allocation Methodology in early Spring 2020.

To read the press release, please click here.

Keywords : RHNA
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