Housing Methodology Committee

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Housing Methodology Committee

The Executive Board at the October 15th meeting, passed the RHNA proposed methodology for the current RHNA cycle, as proposed by the HMC and the Regional Planning Committee. Public comment period for the proposed methodology opens on October 25th and a public hearing is scheduled for November 12th at the Regional Planning Committee. Materials from the October Executive Board meeting packet provide additional information about the proposed methodology.

The HMC is a key part of ABAG's approach to creating the RHNA allocation methodology.  Through the HMC, ABAG's staff seek to facilitate dialogue and information-sharing in order to enable coordinated action to address the Bay Area's housing challenges. 

The role of the HMC to advise ABAG staff on the RHNA allocation methodology for the RHNA cycle (2023-2031) and ensure the methodology and resulting allocation meet statutory requirements, and that the methodology and resulting allocation are consistent with the forecasted development pattern included in Plan Bay Area 2050. The HMC is comprised of:

  • 9 elected officials (one from each Bay Area county)
  • 12 jurisdiction housing or planning staff (at least one from each county)
  • 16 regional stakeholders representing diverse perspectives, from equity and open space to public health and public transit
  • 1 partner from state government.

Housing Methodology Committee Roster

Housing Methodology Committee Member Biographies

ABAG staff will share information about the HMC’s deliberations and recommendations with the ABAG Regional Planning Committee. Serving as the primary committee for the working group to interact with, the Regional Planning Committee will then use the input from the HMC to make recommendations to the ABAG Executive Board, which has the authority to make final decisions.

Visualization Tool for Exploring RHNA Methodology Options and Allocation Outcomes

An Online Visualization Tool was developed to support the Housing Methodology Committee (HMC) as they prioritize factors, consider weights for each factor and develop an initial recommendation for a Regional Housing Needs Allocation (RHNA) methodology. Users can explore sample methodologies by inserting a proxy for the Regional Housing Needs Determination (RHND) that ABAG will receive from HCD, selecting factors to include in the methodology, and applying a weight to each potential factor. The tool produces a map of the jurisdiction-specific output based on selected factors and weights assigned. Read additional information about the tool.


Do you have questions about the methodology or RHNA?  Email RHNA@bayareametro.gov.  Interested in getting updates on RHNA?  Add yourself to the RHNA Mailing List.

HMC Meeting Dates, Locations and Agendas

Full packets and additional information are posted on the Meetings and Events page.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Friday, January 24, 2020

Tuesday, February 18, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Thursday, April 9, 2020 MEETING CANCELLED

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Friday, June 19, 2020

Thursday, July 9, 2020

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Friday, August 28, 2020

Friday, September 4, 2020

Friday, September 18, 2020