RHNA - Regional Housing Need Allocation

Regional Housing Need Allocation 

MCAG is currently developing its 6th Cycle Regional Housing Need Allocation (RHNA) Plan. RHNA is a state-mandated process to identify the number of housing units that each local government must accommodate in the Housing Element of its General Plan (Government Code §65584).

 As part of the RHNA process, the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) allocates shares of statewide housing need, by income category, to councils/associations of government (COGs), and advises COGs in the preparation of the RHNA plan. MCAG, as the council of government for the Merced County region, is then required to develop a methodology to distribute the housing need to jurisdictions within the region and prepare a regional housing needs allocation plan that determines housing allocations specific to jurisdictions and furthers the objectives of Government Code Section 65584. Each local jurisdiction must then update the Housing Element of its General Plan in accordance with the community’s housing needs.

Senate Bill 375 (Chapter 728, Statutes of 2008) strengthened the coordination between housing and transportation planning and amended the RHNA schedule and methodology to align with the development Regional Transportation Plans and Sustainable Communities Strategies (RTP/SCS). The development of MCAG’s 2022 RTP/SCS will happen in tandem with the 6th Cycle RHNA Plan. 

As the RHNA Plan is developed, draft and final documents will be posted on this web page.


Regional Housing Needs Allocation Methodology Framework Memorandum (Draft)

A 35-day public comment period will commence on June 21, 2022, at 12:00 pm, and conclude on July 26, 2022, at 5:00 pm.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2022, at 3:00 pm during MCAG’s regularly scheduled Governing Board meeting to solicit comments on the Draft RHNA Methodology Framework Memorandum.

LOCATION: Meeting held in-person at: Merced County Administration Building 3rd Floor, Board of Supervisors Chambers 2222 M Street Merced, CA 95340

and meeting held via Zoom at: https://zoom.us/join 

Webinar ID: 865 7267 7382 

Passcode: 36918 

For Audio only: 1-669-900-6833

Written comments can be submitted to the MCAG office via U.S. Mail at 369 W. 18th Street, Merced, CA, 95340, Attention: Natalia Austin, Associate Planner, or via email at info@mcagov.org.

Regional Housing Need Determination from HCD

Final Determination Letter


Meeting DateAgendaRelated Materials 
January 19, 2022 3 PMLink to AgendaRHNA Overview                Meeting Video 
February 16, 2022 3 PMLink to AgendaRHNA Guiding Principles  Meeting Video
March 16, 2022 3 PMLink to AgendaRHNA Adjustment FactorsMeeting Video
April 20, 2022 3 PMLink to AgendaRHNA Potential Methodology  Meeting Video
May 18, 2022 3 PMLink to Agenda  Meeting MinutesRHNA Methodology Outcome  Meeting Video

RHNA Steering Committee

MCAG will convene a RHNA Steering Committee made up of local government representatives and regional stakeholders to advise MCAG in developing a methodology for allocating a share of the region’s total housing units to each local government.

RHNA Steering Committee Members
County of MercedSteve Maxey
City of AtwaterGreg Thompson
City of Dos PalosDewayne Jones
City of GustineDoug Dunford
City of LivingstonMiguel Galvez
City of Los BanosStacy Souza Elms
City of MercedScott McBride
Stonefield HomesTiffanie Marshall
Merced Bicycle CoalitionTom Hothem
California Rural Legal AssistanceNick Jensen
Central Valley Coalition for Affordable HousingChris Alley
Continuum CareJohn Ceccoli
DR HortonGuy Gniadek 

RHNA Plans