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.