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Regional Housing Needs Assessment Sixth Housing Element Cycle 2021-2029

The Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA), mandated by state law, quantifies the need for housing and informs land use planning in addressing identified existing and future housing needs resulting from population, employment, and household growth. As the council of governments, SANDAG is responsible for overseeing the RHNA process for the San Diego region. SANDAG is currently overseeing the 6th cycle RHNA, which covers the planning period from 2021-2029.

Learn more information on the 5th Cycle RHNA for the planning period of 2010-2020.

The RHNA process has three main phases, discussed below.
  1. RHNA Determination – The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in consultation with SANDAG calculates a regionwide housing need determination. This phase ended with the Final RHNA Determination in July 20

Final Regional Housing Needs Assessment Determination
SANDAG RHNA Consultation Letter to HCD

Board of Directors
June 8, 2018 | May 11, 2018 | March 9, 2018

RPC
May 4, 2018 | April 6, 2018

TWG
April 12, 2018 | March 26, 2018

  1. RHNA Plan –  SANDAG and its member agencies prepare a regional housing plan including a methodology for allocating a share of the RHNA Determination to each jurisdiction in four income categories.

In December 2018, the Board of Directors formed the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Subcommittee to provide input and guidance to the Board of Directors regarding the RHNA Plan. The RHNA methodology was developed with input from the Regional Housing Needs Assessment Subcommittee, Regional Planning Technical Working Group (TWG), Regional Planning Committee (RPC), Board of Directors, and the public.

Board of Directors
May 10, 2019 | December 21, 2018 | November 16, 2018 | September 14, 2018

RHNA Subcommittee
June 14, 2019  | May 24, 2019  | April 26, 2019  | March 22, 2019 | February 22, 2019 |  February 8, 2019

RPC
February 1, 2019 | October 5, 2018

TWG
June 27, 2019 | June 13, 2019 | June 6, 2019 | May 9, 2019 | April 3, 2019 | March 14, 2019 | February 14, 2019 | January 10, 2019 | December 13, 2018 | October 11, 2018 | August 9, 2018

  1. Housing Element Update – Each jurisdiction must update its housing element to accommodate the RHNA Plan housing allocation.

Jurisdictions have until April 2021 to update their general plan housing element.

Project Manager

Seth Litchney, Senior Regional Planner
Phone: (619) 699-1943, Email: seth.litchney@sandag.org

For media inquiries, please contact the SANDAG Public Information Office at (619) 699-1950 or pio@sandag.org.