Public Hearing on RHNA Appeals

ABAG in September and October, is conducting a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Appeals public hearing over six days to consider the 28 appeals made by Bay Area cities, towns and counties and the nearly 450 comments received on the appeals. This is the final phase of the ABAG RHNA cycle six process, which began with the Housing Methodology Committee in October of 2019.

On May 20, 2021, the ABAG Executive Board approved the Final Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) Methodology and Draft Allocations. Approval of the Final RHNA Methodology followed the finding in April 2021 by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) that the Draft RHNA Methodology met the RHNA objectives (available under ABAG’s RHNA Responsibilities).

Release of the Draft RHNA Allocations initiated the final phase of the RHNA process. Local jurisdictions and HCD had until July 9, 2021 to submit an appeal to ABAG requesting a change to any Bay Area jurisdiction’s allocation.

Visit the Appeals Process page on ABAG’s website for more details, including:

  • Appeals submitted.
  • Comments on appeals.
  • Schedule for the public hearing to consider appeals.

Agendas for the hearing will be posted when available.  

Following completion of the RHNA appeals process this fall, remaining major milestones in the coming months will include:

  • October or November: ABAG ratifies written final determination on each appeal and issues Final RHNA Allocations that adjust draft allocations as a result of any successful appeals.
  • Late 2021: the ABAG Executive Board will adopt Final Allocations, taking into consideration the results of the appeals process. This final adoption also will include a public hearing.
  • January 2023: Jurisdictions submit Housing Element updates to HCD.